What other types of health care are available?
Pharmacists cannot diagnose illnesses or prescribe medication for you but can provide information on medications prescribed by your doctor (including side effects) and recommend medication that doesn't require a prescription.
Medical specialists can only be accessed through a referral from your family doctor.
You do not need a referral to see an optometrist. Please note that not all of the services provided by an optometrist are covered by OHIP but may be covered by private insurance or extended health plans. For a list of local optometrists please click here.
Alternative health care, also referred to as “natural” health care, is available in Peterborough. It includes services such as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and massage. There are many ways to find alternative health care providers. Most alternative health care, including medicine and nutritional supplements, are not covered by OHIP. However, they may be covered by private insurance or extended health plans.
Dental services are not covered by OHIP but may be covered by private insurance or extended health plans. Low-income families can access dental care at Peterborough’s community dental clinic located at Peterborough Square or at the Mobile Dental Health Centre which visits rural communities in the area.
To search for a local dentist, please click here.
For a listing of local pharmacies, please consult the yellow pages.