In Huron County there is an extensive healthcare network consisting of hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, and assorted health professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists. Five hospitals, a variety of out-patient services, visiting specialists, and close-to-home surgeries provide excellent care for residents.

A walk-in medical clinic centrally located in Exeter provides healthcare for people who do not have a family doctor; Huron’s local hospital emergency departments also provide the same service. You don’t need to make an appointment, but it’s a good idea to call before visiting.

The Huron County Health Unit promotes healthy lifestyles, strives to prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease, and protects our communities from infectious illnesses and environmental hazards such as contaminated food and water.

Health insurance

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) provides universal, publicly-funded healthcare for every resident in Ontario. OHIP covers basic healthcare services but doesn’t pay for all medical expenses such as dental care, eye care, podiatrists and some physiotherapy; so, you should get additional private health insurance. To apply for an OHIP card, you must be a resident of Ontario. You need to apply as soon as you arrive in Ontario as the average waiting period is 3 months. You must go in person to a Service Ontario centre. To find a Service Ontario centre in Huron County, click here.

Private health insurance

Some people choose to purchase private health insurance.  You can buy extra health insurance for the things that government health insurance does not cover, like buying glasses and prescription medicine. Visit Private Health Insurance for more information.


Life and Disability Insurance: Life insurance and disability insurance protect you against lost income if the insured person dies or becomes disabled. Life insurance is important if you have children or other dependents, so that they will have money to live on if you die. Disability insurance gives you money if you can’t work because you become disabled.

For more information on insurance visit:

Finding a doctor

To find a doctor in Huron County, call Health Care Connect at 1.800.445.1822, or call Ontario 2-1-1. In the case of accidental injuries, dial 9-1-1 on your phone to call for ambulance or police assistance. Learn more from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care about how to access healthcare services in Huron County.

Ontario 211

Ontario 2-1-1 is another source of information about healthcare in Huron County. Ontario 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, province-wide telephone helpline that simplifies finding support and community services for Ontario residents.

  • 211 offers multilingual service in 170 languages as well as TTY service at 1.888.435.6086.
  • 211 helps people find basic needs, such as food, housing, and emergency financial assistance.
  • 211 connects those in need with agencies who can help someone cope with health issues like cancer or assisting elderly citizens to stay in their own homes.
  • 211 also supports staff and volunteers at agencies who are in need of information about community services for their clients.
  • When you dial 2-1-1, you reach a real person, 24/7, who is highly trained to listen and help.
  • Self serve access is online at

Huron County dental clinics

Good oral health is an important part of your total healthcare, and good oral hygiene habits begin at an early age. Huron County is served by a number of dental care professionals and clinics.

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Huron County eye care clinics

A number of eye care professionals provide services to Huron County residents. Opticians fill prescriptions from optometrists or ophthalmologists (eye doctors), fitting patients with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Optometrists conduct eye exams and diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent diseases and disorders of the eye. Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids and vision therapy.

To find an eye care professional in Huron County, try one of the sites below:

Other specialized healthcare professionals

If you are searching for a physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, reflexologist, acupuncturist, or any other specialized healthcare professional, we suggest checking out these links: