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Health Care

All individuals hope that they have the privilege of being in an excellent healthcare system where they are living. People desire to stay healthy, enhance their well-being and be provided with emergency services through the access of adequate resources.

The healthcare system in Canada is funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments with the main source of revenue being taxation. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the health care system consists of services between a patient and a health professional, including physicians, nurse practioners, public health officials, social workers, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. Ensuring that individuals have access to services in a timely manner is one of the most important goals of the primary health care system in the province. The town of St. Anthony provides residents with tremendous access to health resources.

Medical Care Plan In Newfoundland

The provincial Medical Care Plan was developed in 1969 and was designed to cover costs affiliated with physician services received by residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Medical Care Plan (MCP) merged with the Department of Health and Community Services on April 1, 2000 and continues to provide services including:
visits to Physician Office, Hospital or Beneficiary’s Resident, surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including anaesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, complete maternity care, radiology interpretive services and certain surgical-dental procedures which are medically necessary to be performed in hospital by a dentist or oral surgeon
(Government of Newfoundland and Labrador-Canada)


Those eligible in being covered by the Medical Care Plan must be in at least one of the following categories: Canadian Citizens, Landed Immigrants or Foreign Workers. In order to qualify for the MCP in Newfoundland and Labrador, the individual must provide required documentation. For Further Information on eligibility and required documentation Visit:

Those types of individuals not eligible for the Medical Care Plan, even if they are living in Newfoundland and Labrador include:

•Students from other provinces and territories
•Dependents of residents of another province/territory
•Certified refugees and refugee claimants
•Foreign workers with Employment Authorizations that do not meet the established criteria
•Tourists, transients and visitors
•Dependents of any of the above excluded categories
•Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police personnel
•Inmates of federal prisons
•Armed Forces personnel of other countries stationed in the province
•(Government of Newfoundland and Labrador-Canada)
The Medical Care Plan (MCP) card is important to obtain as it enables access to medical treatment in the province such as a hospital or doctor. This card is not only beneficial to have in Newfoundland and Labrador but can be used in all of Canada.

For Inquiries Regarding MCP Registration:


The Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital

Located in St. Anthony, the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited 50-bed facility. It provides acute care and community health services for the people of the Northern Peninsula and Labrador, and consultant medical services to a large number of residents of the Quebec Lower North Shore.

The Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital offers medical specialty services, including sub-specialties such as anaesthesia, dentistry, family practice, including nurse practitioner, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, radiology, urology and psychiatry. Increasingly, medical and hospital services are provided on an outpatient/ambulatory basis. These include, but are not limited to, Oncology/Chemotherapy Services, Mental Health Programs and Day Surgery Services.

A wide variety of support, diagnostic, community, therapeutic and rehabilitation health services are also based within Curtis Hospital, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pediatric Rainbow Clinic, EEG/ECG, laboratory and diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, clinical nutrition, diabetes education, genetics research, social work, addictions and psychology.

Other community health services, such as Community Health Nursing, Primary Health Care, Speech Language Pathology, Health Promotion and Education, Medical Officer of Health, Community Nutrition, Youth Services Programming, Environmental Health, Dental Clinics, and Child, Youth and Family Services, are offered from additional sites in St. Anthony.

The John M. Gray Centre, a 48-bed long-term care facility, is adjoined to Curtis Hospital.

The Rotunda, just inside the main entrance of the hospital, houses the Jordi Bonet Murals, which depict life in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact Information:
178-200 West St.
St. Anthony, NL
A0K 4S0
Phone: 709-454-3333

Link: Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital Brochure

Link: Careers at Labrador Grenfell Health

Dental Health Plans

Children Dental Health Program

Children 12 years and under and between the ages of 13-17 are eligible for dental services in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador if their parents are in receipt of income support benefits. This category of children has automatic coverage. Coverage now extends to those children between the ages of 13-17 living in families with low income, with an annual net income of $30,000.00 CDN or less but are not in receipt of income support benefits. Families under this category must first apply for coverage through the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program.

The children’s dental program covers the following dental services for all children, up to and including age twelve:

  • examinations at six-month intervals
  • cleanings at 12-month intervals
  • fluoride applications for children ages six to 12 at 12-month intervals (except where the School Rinse Program is in place)
  • some x-rays
  • routine fillings and extractions
  • sealants

Services covered for children 13 to 17 in families receiving income support or eligible families with low incomes include:

  • examinations every 24 months
  • some x-rays
  • routine fillings and extractions
  • emergency examinations when a patient has pain, an infection or experienced trauma

Newfoundland and Labradors Dental Health Plan

(Health & Community Service Government of Newfoundland and Labrador-Canada)

Application: Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Health

For Inquiries Regarding Dental Eligibility and Dental Letters

1-888-859-3535 or fax 1-888-272-2444

For Inquiries Regarding Dental Services :


Newfoundland Optical
454-3529 FAX 454-3529
West Street
Clyde Patey
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