The Beginning of Health Care in the French Colony of New France

Previously published in Examiner

The very first hospital in Montreal still in existence is called Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal.


Long before the country of Canada, the french settlers in New France which is now Quebec were concerned with medical care for the poor. Medical care was carried out in the very first hospitals and which were mainly charities and other non-profit organizations. In Quebec we had the nuns that operated the hospitals in Montreal and elsewhere. The Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal was the first hospital in Quebec, founded in 1642. Hôtel-Dieu means God’s Hostel, old french, for hospital. Jeanne Mance was the nurse who founded the hospital. The hospital was rebuilt three times during the history of New France and had remained the only French medical institution for 200 years thereafter. Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal still exists today on St. Urban Street.


Jeanne Mance was a laywoman, but the hospital and all other hospitals of New France (first name for Quebec) would be serviced by nuns. Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal was run by the nuns of “Les Religious or Réligieuses Hospitallers of Saint Joseph. ”


Margaret Bourgeoys , was one of the first charity workers. Margaret Bourgeoys was an educator and now the name of the French catholic school commission in Montreal, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys – Montréal CSMB is named in her honour. Bourgeoys was a teacher, and health practitioner for the poor. She worked with Paul Chomedy De Maisonneuve (1612-1676) and Jeanne Mance in the small colony of New France. Times were hard

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Short-term Health Care: Benefits and Affordability

Purchasing the Best Temporary Health Insurance plan

In most cases, people opt for temporary insurance in one (or more) of three circumstances:

Job Transition. Most jobs offer health insurance through their companies, and employees save a significant amount by using the company insurance as their provider, since this feature is part of the employment package. But if you’re in the middle of changing jobs, you’re still going to need insurance in case you need to visit the doctor for any reason.

Job Search. If you’re job-hunting, you still want health insurance, since you never know how long it could take for you to land a job with all the benefits you want. In the meantime, you still need to know you’re taken care of whenever you have to visit a doctor.

Recent Graduate. If you’ve just graduated from college, chances are you’ve been on your parent’s health insurance all your life, and really didn’t have a need for an individual insurance plan. You can use temporary health insurance to ‘hold you over’ until you land a full-time job with benefits.

Most temporary insurance plans last for up to a year, and if you need more time, most agencies will let you renew your policy. In most cases, you can also receive temporary insurance on your parent’s policy until you are up to 20 years old, or 24 if you’re a full time student. Sometimes, parents put their infant children on this type of insurance as well if the child is

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