Healthcare in Ontario is universally available to all residents at no cost to the individual. The Provincial Government's healthcare plan (OHIP) covers the full cost of all necessary diagnostic and treatment medical services for all citizens, and most permanent residents in Ontario. This coverage includes physician visits, examinations and consultations, diagnostic testing, medical care and surgical services, emergency dental care, and Telehealth Ontario, a service that offers patients 24-hour confidential telephone access to a Registered Nurse for consultation.
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for regulating and administering healthcare to all Ontarians, resulting in very low administration costs and an absence of sales and marketing costs found in private, for-profit systems.
The government of Ontario is committed to continue the delivery of high quality health care. Ontario's publicly funded health care system helps make the province attractive for businesses to invest and create jobs. The government's plan is improving access, shortening wait times, promoting wellness, preventing illness and modernizing health infrastructure.

Windsor-Essex Region Healthcare Facts:

  • Our local healthcare facilities support several specialists and sub-specialists in every medical and surgical discipline - very few patients are referred outside of the local community for care.
  • Windsor Regional Hospital provides 574 acute care beds which are divided between two campuses (incl. 68 acute mental health beds and 6 adolescent mental health beds at Maryval)
  • Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington provides 58 acute care beds.
  • Nineteen long-term care facilities currently service the area.
  • The Windsor-Essex Region is one of a very few communities in Ontario with family physicians who are accepting new patients - a focused recruitment initiative has brought more than 60 family physicians to the area in the last five years and this initiative continues to bring new practitioners at a rate significantly higher than our physician attrition.
  • Four Ministry of Health-funded "Family Health Teams" offer comprehensive primary care to Windsor & Essex County residents - these teams provide patients with access to family physicians, advanced-care nurses, dieticians, social workers and other allied health professionals.
  • The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University offers its complete Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Windsor. The MD program runs simultaneously at the two locations and Windsor Campus students are officially Western students, while also holding 'affiliate' University of Windsor student status.
  • Ronald McDonald House Windsor located in Windsor Regional Hospital is a home away from home, a comfortable place for families to come and stay or take a break, when they have a child in the hospital.