In 2011, Doctors of the World opened a medical clinic in Montreal for migrants with precarious status. The clinic operates thanks to the many volunteers, including doctors and nurses.
This Clinic treats, refers and redirects, where possible, vulnerable people who are not covered by the Quebec Health Insurance or the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), and who do not have private insurance, nor the financial means to access healthcare. Most of these people are waiting to receive their immigration status (humanitarian application, sponsorship, open work permit, etc.). The migrant clinic is the only opportunity these men, women and children have to receive the healthcare they desperately need.
Doctors of the World offers primary healthcare and has a network of doulas (birthing coach) to support women when giving birth in the hospital system. Beyond care, Doctors of the World trains health professionals and administrative staff within healthcare settings to raise awareness of the realities of the people they meet in their daily practice.