Health Care

Health Care

Provincial Medical Care Plan (MCP)
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has a medical care plan designed to cover the cost of physician services for residents. A detailed list of the various types of medical services covered by MCP and all application forms needed for new applicants can be found by visiting the Medical Care Plan website. There is no cost to apply for MCP. If you are accepted for coverage, you will receive a plastic MCP card with a personal health identity number. This card should be presented whenever insured services are received. Prescription drugs are not covered under MCP. For further information regarding health care in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador please visit the Department of Health and Community Services website.

Medical Insurance
Many employers in St. John's offer their employees health benefits and medical insurance. These health insurance benefits may include prescription drug coverage, vision care and dental care plans. An individual can also contact a private health insurance company to discuss various health insurance packages. To find listings of insurance companies in the City, please see the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory under 'Insurance'.

Walk-in Medical Clinics
There is a walk-in medical clinic in St. John's. Appointments are not required.
Blackmarsh Family Care Clinic, 260 Blackmarsh Road (in the Dominion supermarket building)
Phone: 709-576-6555

Health Help Line (non-emergency)
If you need advice on a medical issue, call the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Line at 811 or 1-888-709-2929 (TTY: 1-888-709-3555) or visit their website. A registered nurse provides callers with health advice and information 24 hours per day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential and free of charge. Service is available in English and French.

Local Hospitals
All hospitals and certified medical services in the St. John's metro area are operated under the authority of Eastern Health. The two main hospitals for adults in St. John's are the Health Sciences Center, Prince Philip Drive and St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, Lemarchant Road. Both the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare's offer emergency room services for adults. The Janeway Children's Hospital is the provinces only children's hospital and is attached to the Health Sciences complex. The Janeway offers emergency room services for children.

Medical Emergencies
If you have a medical emergency, you should go to the emergency department of a hospital.  If you require an ambulance telephone 911. The Provincial Medical Care Plan (MCP) does not cover the cost of ambulance services - you will receive a bill for the service.

St. John's has many pharmacies where you can purchase over-the-counter and prescription medications. Many of the major supermarkets include in-store pharmacies as well.