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Canada prides itself on its health care system. All Canadians have access to free, quality health care.

In Peterborough we have a state-of-the-art hospital, dedicated Family Health Teams, and strong community support. Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is an acute-care facility that provides an extensive range of services. A new facility opened in 2008 to serve more than 300,000 people in the Peterborough area.

Peterborough was one of the first communities to establish Family Health Teams. This successful model brings health care providers together to coordinate the best possible patient care. The teams include doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and pharmacists.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care provides medical care to Ontario residents through the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP). The Ministry also provides in-home care for disabled or ill persons and special equipment for people with disabilities. General guides to health care in Ontario are provided by and Settlement.Org.

If you need an interpreter to understand a doctor or nurse practitioner, help may be available. You can bring a friend or family member. The hospital has a 24 hour language line. The New Canadians Centre may be able to find a volunteer who speaks your language.

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