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British Columbia (BC) Medical Services Plan

Information for International Students

Any resident, regardless of health, age or financial status, who is a Canadian citizen or lawfully admitted for permanent residence, makes a home in BC and is physically present at least 6 months per year is eligible for benefits. Landed immigrants and persons on student or employment authorization are covered on first day of third month after entry in BC. Tourists, transients, and visitors are not eligible.

Date Coverage Begins
Students are eligible to become subscribers on the last day of the second month following the month of arrival in the province. In other words, if you arrive on July 15, you would be eligible for coverage on October 1. Please remember to apply as soon as you arrive though. You should have private insurance for the first three months.

British Columbia regular monthly premiums are as follows:

  • $36 - Single
  • $64 - Individual plus one dependent
  • $72 - Individual plus two or more dependents
    Although some permanent residents are eligible for reduced rates, these benefits do not apply to international students. All international students pay the regular rate.

Coverage Exclusions
The following services are not covered by the provincial plan:

  • acupuncture
  • annual or periodic medical checkup where no disease or symptoms are present
  • completion of forms, e.g. Time Loss Benefits, other insurance purposes, ICBC, government agencies
  • examination unrelated to treatment of an illness or medical symptom, e.g. privately arranged adoptions, employment, insurance,
  • motor vehicle or pilot license, physical fitness activity, school or university purposes, sports, summer camp
  • medical advice by telephone, letter
  • medical-legal services
  • non-medically required services, e.g. cosmetic surgery, routine circumcision of newborn, treatment of varicose veins for cosmetic purposes
  • preventive medicine counseling e.g. smoking withdrawal programs, weight control or dietary clinics, stress management techniques

How to Apply

To apply for the British Columbia Medical Services Plan, you must:

  1. Obtain a BC Medical Services Plan application form from the school.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Take your completed application form, passport and student authorization to; Medical Services Plan
    #002 -- 4603 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia
    Tel: (1-604) 669 4211
  4. Pay the premium (currently $36 per month).

Remember to apply as soon as you arrive. The application process takes longer than 2 months.

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