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International Patient Program
International Patient Program

For Patients and Families

As the first point of contact for international inquiries and referrals to SickKids, the International Patient Program assists with over 1,200 inquiries and facilitates approximately 500 new patient referrals each year.

Families seeking treatment for their child at SickKids need to be aware that SickKids is only able to accept international patients that meet specific eligibility criteria. If you are interested in seeking treatment at SickKids, please follow the steps below:

  1. Applying to SickKids for Treatment
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Physician Referral and Medical Information
  4. Review by SickKids Experts
  5. Decision by SickKids
  6. Making Financial Arrangements and Visa Applications
  7. Humanitarian (Herbie Fund) Support



NOTE: Health care in Ontario (and in Canada) is not free. It is paid for through provincial health-care insurance, provided only to residents and citizens who pay taxes in Ontario. International patients (Canadian or non-Canadian) who are permanent non-residents of Canada must pay for treatment/surgery/assessment/consultation at SickKids. This can be either through health insurance, self-pay or through a guarantee from their government or embassy.