Fees - Non-Residents

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Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent, but a hospital visit can be costly.

If you are not a Canadian Citizen, you will not be refused treatment, but you will be responsible for the cost of your care.

South Shore Health charges for a variety of services based on a cost-recovery model. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Please note that the fees are in Canadian Funds and may be higher if special services, high-cost procedures, or drugs are used.

You will also be charged a fee for accessing your health record.  Fees vary.

Inpatient Care

If you are admitted to hospital, you will be charged a daily rate. This standard rate includes your room and most services provided by the hospital and our staff including:

  • meals
  • drugs and tests 
  • x-rays
  • blood work


Doctors’ fees are NOT included in these rates. Doctors are self-employed and do not work for the hospital. You will be billed directly by the doctor.

Telephone and television services are also the patient’s responsibility.

There are 3 types of rooms available to patients. We try to provide you with the accommodations you have requested. However, private and semi-private rooms are not always available.

Inpatient Care Fee/day
South Shore Regional Hospital
Standard Ward (4 beds) $2,800
Semi-private Room (2 beds) $2,955
Private Room (1 bed) $2,975
ICU $5,600
Queens General Hospital
Standard Room $1,700
Semi-private Room $1,855
Private Room $1,875
Fishermen's Memorial Hospital
Standard Room $1,700


Outpatient Services

Please note: Patients who are registered and triaged in the emergency department and choose to leave before being seen by the doctor will be charged the full amount for the visit.

Doctors' fees vary and are not included in these rates.

Outpatient Services Fee Outpatient Services Fee
Emergency/Outpatient Visit $720 Asthma Clinic Visit $720
Medications $20/issue Stress Test $540
Lab Collections $6.63/credit EKG Visit $720
General x-ray $60 to $500 EKG $180
CT Scan/Ultrasound $500 to $3000 ECHO Visit $720
Day Surgery (Cosmetic Surgery
Fees extra)
$2922.50 ECHO-Doppler $627 to $825
Mammography $300 to $400 Pulmonary Function Visit $720
Bone Densitometry $660 Mental Health Visit $720
Nuclear Medicine $330 Physiotherapy $720
Ambulatory Care $720 Diabetic Day Care Visit $720

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)


Your health insurance may cover some of your costs. Insurance coverage varies. It is important that you understand what your private insurance does and does not cover.

Some policies limit the number of days for which they will pay, some limit the daily rate and some do not pay costs associated with certain types of treatment. We recommend you phone your insurer to confirm the extent of your coverage. It is not the hospital's responsibility to do this.

You must provide the full details of your insurance coverage to the hospital at the time you are admitted.

The Patient is responsible for payment of any amounts not paid by insurance, including cases where the Insurer denies the claim. Payment may be made by cheque, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Interac or American Express.

*Please note: South Shore Health does not bill insurance companies directly for outpatient services. You are responsible for making arrangements to pay your bill for outpatient services before leaving the hospital.

*Exceptions may apply for International High School Students covered by Ingle Insurance.

Emergency Health Services

Patients are also responsible for all costs associated with ambulance services provided by Emergency Health Services including ambulance transportation between hospitals.

For all inquiries about Ground Ambulance Service Fees contact the Emergency Health Services billing office at: Toll free 1-888-280-8884

Non-Urgent Care

HealthLink 811 provides health advice and information from Registered Nurses over the phone for non-emergency and non-urgent health situations. (Dial 811)

Bridgewater walk-in clinic serves patients with non-urgent medical problems. Third Floor, South Shore Regional Hospital.

Monday to Friday - 5 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – 10 am to 12:30 pm.
(Fees vary)

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