Homesick? Not Me! That Is… Until I Got Sick

I’ll never forget that first time I got sick while living away from home. No mom or dad around to check my temperature, place a cool cloth on my burning forehead, or prepare my grandmother’s cure-all toast smothered in honey and garlic.

And no family doctor who’s known me since I was in diapers.

For students new to being on their own, that first major illness can be a lonely or scary experience. And what about international students? They can’t turn to their parents or family doctor, and they can’t depend on a language they’ll fully understand or customs they are familiar with. Luckily, international students in Canada have a website like this to help!

For international students who have ever wondered…

  • Where can I find a doctor close to where I live?
  • What if I don’t have enough money to pay for the medical services?
  • What do I do if I feel sick in the middle of the night, but it’s not an emergency?
  • Can I request a female doctor?
  • Can I request a male doctor?

… I highly recommend taking advantage of the find-a-doctor tool on this site. It can direct you to the nearest medical facility—where you don’t have to pay up front.  Just make sure to look for “Direct Billing: Yes” on the results page. (Phew, big sigh of relief! One less thing to spend money on.)

The results page will also display clinic hours (so you can learn where to go for late-night medical concerns) the doctor’s gender (so you can choose if your doctor is male or female), the clinic’s address and phone number… and a map (so you don’t have to worry about getting lost)!

P.S. If only something this simple had been around when I first went away to school! But I won’t tell you when that was… because then you’d be able to guess my age. 😉


For more information on travel tips and travel insurance, visit the Ingle International blog page.

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