Health Insurance for International Students
There are two basic plans (iMED and MSP) and one extended plan (Green Shield Health and Dental Plan) for International Students at UBC's Okanagan campus.
The University provides a mandatory basic medical insurance plan (iMED) for all NEW International students as a condition of registering as a student (excludes Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. iMED covers emergency hospitalization and medical services (including doctor’s visits) for unexpected sickness or injury. All new students who pay international tuition fees are automatically assessed insurance fees.
Coverage period: New international students are automatically covered for the three-month waiting period before they become eligible for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP).
For more information, visit the iMED website.
If you are already covered by MSP, by another Canadian provincial health plan, or by mandatory health insurance provided by a third-party sponsor with whom UBC O has an agreement, you must opt out of iMED before the end of your third week of classes at UBC O.
For opt-out instructions and forms, visit the iMED website.
BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Anyone residing in BC for longer than six months is required by law to enroll in MSP and pay premiums directly to the plan. However, there is a waiting period of three months before any newcomer to BC is eligible for BC MSP.
For more information, visit the MSP website.
Extended Health & Dental Plan
Last reviewed 3/31/2015 9:47:52 AM