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International Patient Program
International Patient Program

Eligibility Criteria

The guidelines for acceptance of non-Canadian residents for treatment at SickKids are very strict, and are set out by the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Criteria for acceptance for treatment at SickKids includes all of the following:

  • The child is under the age of 17 years, and treatment will be completed by their 18th birthday.
  • The child has complex treatment/surgical needs.
  • Treatment is not emergency or urgent in nature.
  • The required specialized treatment is not available in the child’s home country or region.
  • There is capacity within the requested SickKids program to accept an international patient, without negatively impacting access to the program for children from Ontario and Canada.
  • There are medical services available in the child's home country to provide follow-up care once the child returns home.

SickKids cannot accept the following:

  • Children requiring emergent or urgent care;
  • Children with highly complex multi-condition medical diagnoses who require long-term, ongoing care or rehabilitation; or
  • Children who could be treated in their home country or region at a comparable level of care to that provided by SickKids.

To be eligible as an international patient, the child must permanently reside outside of Canada. If the request is to receive care in person at SickKids, the child/family, and will travel to Toronto and must return to their country of residence upon discharge from SickKids.

Your child is defined as an International Patient, if he/she is less than 18 years of age and is a:

  • Non-Canadian citizen who is temporarily residing in Canada and will return to their country of origin, or
  • Canadian citizen residing permanently abroad visiting Canada will return to their country of permanent residence