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Kelowna Healthcare Guide | Medical Coverage, Hospitals, and Walk in Clinics

AJ Hazzi

After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the market and in 2008 he founded Vantage West Realty, a boutique firm dedicated to serv...

After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the market and in 2008 he founded Vantage West Realty, a boutique firm dedicated to serv...

Jan 19 5 minutes read

Since its incorporation in 1905, the population of Kelowna, BC has grown from 600 up to today’s population of 144,576 citizens. 

According to Stats Canada, Kelowna is the fastest growing city in British Columbia with an annual growth rate of 1.8%.

Why do people move to Kelowna in droves? It could be the great weather, laid back lifestyle, and growing economy. Or it could be the free access to great public schools and the best healthcare services in the Okanagan Valley.

According to the Conference Board of Canada, BC is also considered to be Canada's healthiest province.

If you’re moving to Kelowna from out of province or out of country, you’ll be pleased to know that BC citizens and permanent residents get free basic health care services through the British Columbia government’s Medical Services Plan (MSP).

Expats living in Kelowna are also eligible for MSP health care coverage if their work permit is at least 6 months in duration.

MPS premium payments were completely eliminated on January 1st, 2020.

The BC Medical Services Plan covers the following medically necessary health services:

  • Access to physicians, specialists, & midwives

  • Eye and ear exams (when medically necessary)

  • Diagnostic services (blood work, x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory services)

  • Medically necessary dental surgery that is done in hospital


MSP does not cover the following services:

  • Prescription drugs

  • Dentistry (cleaning, fillings, root canals, caps)

  • Orthodontics (braces, retainers, nightguards)

  • Acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physiotherapy, and alternative medicine

  • Cosmetic surgery, unless medically necessary

Many full-time employers in Kelowna, BC provide extended healthcare benefits plans for their employees that provide an allowance for the above alternative health services.


Interior Health Authority

Interior Health is Kelowna’s regional health authority that serves 4 regions in the BC interior:

  • Okanagan
  • Kootenay Boundary
  • East Kootenay
  • Thompson Cariboo Shuswap

Interior Health Authority manages and operates every hospital and primary health care facility in the Okanagan Valley.

They also offer health care services in prevention & health promotion, home care, long-term care, mental health & substance abuse, environmental safety, and lab & diagnostic imaging services.


Kelowna General Hospital (KGH)

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Emergency Treatment in Kelowna, BC

The Kelowna General Hospital, with over 700 patient beds, is the best hospital in the Okanagan, and one of 5 cardiac surgery centres in BC. For emergency medical treatment, the ER intake is located on the north side of the building along Royal Ave. Free parking can often be found on the residential streets north of the hospital.


Walk-in Clinics

Your first point of contact for non-emergency health care services will be with a General Practitioner (GP) at either a walk-in clinic or family doctor’s office.

Walk-in clinics often involve long wait times before you see a doctor. Before heading there, we recommend either phoning ahead or check Kelowna’s Medimap for a list of live wait-times.

A map showing walk-in clinics in Kelowna


Here’s a list of the walk in clinics open for health care services in Kelowna:


Kelowna Walk In Clinics

Medi-Kel Family Practice

1715 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8M9

(250) 862-4996

Monday to Friday 9am – 12:30pm; 1pm – 4pm


Centuria Medical Clinic

1499 Gordon Dr #2, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R2

(250) 763-5152

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm


Capri Medical Centre

1835 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H4

(250) 717-3211

Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday 11am – 1pm


Spall Medical Clinic & Walk-In

150-1940 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8J8

(250) 860-9909

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 7pm

Saturday 9am – 2pm


Orchard Medical Centre & Walk-In

1990 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8K5

(250) 861-3235

Monday to Thursday 8am – 3pm

Friday 8am – 1pm

Saturday 9am – 1pm


Mission Medical Centre

3320 Richter St #102, Kelowna, BC V1W 4V5

(250) 868-8222

Monday & Tuesday 9am – 7pm

Wednesday 9am – 6pm

Thursday 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Sunday 10am - 2pm


Lakeshore Medical

2280 Baron Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 7W3 (inside Real Canadian Superstore)

(250) 764-8878

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm


Glenvalley Medical Centre

201-437 Glenmore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1V

(250) 860-5811

Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 5pm

Friday 8:30am – 3pm


Westside Walk In Clinics

Towne Centre Medical

18-2475 Dobbin Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E9

(250) 768-8315

Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 3pm


West Kelowna Walk-In

2231 Louie Dr, Westbank, BC V4T 3K3

(250) 768-6985

Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Sunday 10am – 5pm


Lakepoint Medical

#202-525 Highway 97 South, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 4C9

(778) 755-0700

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Physician Directory shows you a complete health care directory of registered physicians and family doctors in BC.

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