The Waterloo Region is fortunate to have a strong health care network with a wide range of services. Primary care providers, community agencies and hospitals as well long-term care facilities provide the health services that area residents need.
Canada's publicly-funded health care system is known as "Medicare." The system provides access to universal, comprehensive coverage for medically-necessary hospital and physician services.
Many employers offer private plans to access services such as dental care, routine eye care, prescription medication and various community-based rehabilitation programs.
A great deal of work has taken place in Waterloo Region to provide high-quality health care. Area hospitals work closely together to provide specialized care for the vast majority of the community's needs.
Agencies of the Government of Ontario run the planning and funding arm for health care services in the region, as well as the Community Care Access Centre that links people with home care or long-term care facilities.
Waterloo's regional government operates a range of public health services such as emergency medical (ambulance) services along with immunization and a variety of clinics.
Many people will likely interact with the health system through a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Several hundred family doctors are located throughout the region, with many new offices accepting patients. The vast majority of doctors run private offices, billing the provincial government for their services.
The Waterloo Region has one of the best hospital systems in the province, with specialized services that provide the vast majority of care for area patients locally. Three-hospitals serve the Waterloo Region: two in Kitchener (St. Mary's General Hospital and Grand River Hospital) and a third Cambridge (Cambridge Memorial Hospital).
In addition to safe and high quality care, the region's hospital community is recognized for: