bakedjake - 3:59 pm on Nov 27, 2012 (gmt 0)
Health care here is a right and nobody is refused medical care irregardless of their financial or social status.
This is half true. If you are dying, you won't be refused care (this is the case in just about any modern western country), but if you do not have status in Canada, you will be billed for treatment.
You can technically be refused medical care in non-emergency situations if you refuse to pay and you have no immigration status in Canada.
how does it work with the health care system, is there an option to join my wifes social plan (like in austria) or should i go for my own, how much would that be?
When you first come to Canada, there's a three month waiting period before you are eligible to receive health benefits. After that, as long as you have legal status (whether it be a work visa, student visa, permanent residence, or citizenship), you'll have access to OHIP.
Work/Student Visas generally don't require a medical exam, but if you're trying to immigrate (gain permanent residence), there is a mandatory medical examination required and you can be rejected based on the results of that evaluation.
One important thing to remember is that OHIP (and the other provincial health plans) covers virtually nothing outside of Canada. You'll want to buy insurance if you travel frequently.