International students entering Canada must understand that medical insurance provided by the Canadian government is different from one province to the other. Whether international students can enjoy medical insurance provided by the government really depends on the province they choose to study. In Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, international students will enjoy medical insurance provided by the government, free in Saskatchewan, and some monthly fees are charged in Albert and BC. As for Province of Ontario, all international students are required to buy insurance from a private insurance company for their coverage.
People living in Canada and enjoying medical insurance benefits might not fully understand or relate to the cost of medical care in the country. How would you feel if you have to pay $2000 to $3000 a day for hospital care? In reality, $2000 to $3000 a day for hospital care are normal fees. For serious illness, hospitalization will cost $4000 to $5000 a day, and if surgery is involved, the fees will be even higher. With these expenses, I think everyone has the answer if he or she should buy travel insurance when travelling.