Although public healthcare is of superior standards, it is usually not free for visitors. Therefore, getting a traveller's health insurance plan is highly recommended before you arrive in Montreal. It is advisable to carry the insurance papers around in cases of emergency. Prescribed medication should be brought from the home country and should be carried around at all times.Tapwater is safe to drink, and public toilets are safe to use. In 2007 Montreal was ranked as the world's 10th cleanest city by Forbes Magazine.
Smoking is socially unacceptable, and disallowed on buses, the metro, inside government facilities, in bars and restaurants, and in public areas like malls, banks and cinemas.
McGill University Health Centre:
A network of hospitals around the city that are affiliated with McGill University provide health services in English and French, to locals and tourists both, although the charges for foreigners are usually higher.
The health center consists of :
* Montreal General Hospital
Address: Room B6-144
1650 Cedar Avenue
Canada H3G 1A4
Tel: (514) 934-8010
Fax: (514) 934-8237
Opened to the public in 1819 as only a 24 bed facility, this hospital is now reputed as one of the oldest and best health institutions in North America for diagnosis and treatment of diseases as well as its research and teaching.
* Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Address: 3801 University Street
Canada, H3A 2B4
Tel: (514) 398-6644
Undoubtedly a pioneer in neurological teaching and research in the region. Provides excellent services to neuropsychological and neuromuscular disorders. Also an excellent center for teaching about neurological diseases.
* The Montreal Chest Institute
Address: 3650 St-Urbain
Tel: (514) 934-1934
This hospital deals in various disorders associated with the lungs and the respiratory track. A specialty is the attentive and helpful nurses who are always accessible at any time for a patient who needs them. The institute is also a teaching center in chest diseases.
* The Royal Victoria Hospital
Address: 687 Pine Avenue West
Tel: (514) 934-1934
Another of the hospitals managed by the McGill University Health Center. Provides facilities for general healthcare.
* The Montreal Children's Hospital
Address: McGill University Health Centre
2300 Tupper St.
Canada, H3H 1P3
Main Tel: (514) 412-4400
Emergency: (514) 412-4499