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Health & safety

While you're there

Medical services

There are no reciprocal healthcare arrangements between Canada and other countries. Non-Canadians usually pay cash up front for treatment, so taking out travel insurance with a medical-cover component is strongly advised. Medical treatment in Canada is expensive: the standard rate for a hospital bed is around $500 and up to $2500 a day for nonresidents.

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The following walk-in clinics will cater to visitors:

Care Point Medical Centre Commercial Dr (; 604-254-5554; 1623 Commercial Dr; 20); Kitsilano (; 604-678-0598; 1861 W Broadway; 9); West End (; 604-681-5338; 1175 Denman St; 5) All are open 9am to 8pm or 9pm.

Stein Medical Clinic (; 604-688-5924; Bentall 5, Suite 188, 550 Burrard St, downtown; 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri; Burrard) Appointments not necessary.

Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre (; 604-681-5656; Suite 314, 1030 W Georgia St, West End; Burrard) Specializing in travel shots; appointments necessary.

Ultima Medicentre Plus (; 604-683-8138; Bentall Centre Plaza Level, 1055 Dunsmuir St, downtown; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; Burrard) Appointments not necessary.

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Emergency rooms

Vancouver's emergency rooms include the following:

BC Children's Hospital (; 604-875-2345; 4480 Oak St, Fairview; 17)

St Paul's Hospital (; 604-682-2344; 1081 Burrard St, downtown; 22)

Vancouver General Hospital (; 604-875-4111; 855 W 12th Ave, Fairview; 9)

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Vancouver is well stocked with pharmacies, including the following:

Pharmasave (; 604-801-6991; 499 Granville St, downtown; 7:30am-7:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm Sat; Granville)

Shoppers Drug Mart (; 604-669-2424; 1125 Davie St, West End; 24hr; 6)

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