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Medical Insurance

Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

Students from outside British Columbia are responsible for ensuring that they have basic medical insurance as a condition of their acceptance to UBC.

Anyone residing in BC for longer than six months is required by law to enrol in BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) and pay premiums directly to the plan. However, there is a waiting period of three months before any newcomer to BC is eligible to enrol in MSP. For more information and to download an application, visit BC MSP.

International students refer to iMED and BC MSP.

Canadians, or permanent residents, visit BC MSP or contact the Student Health Service.

Extended Health and Dental Plan

All UBC students who are also a member of the AMS/GSS are automatically covered by the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan. The extended health and dental plan provides coverage for expenses not covered by MSP, such as prescription drugs, travel health insurance, paramedical services, vision, and dental care.

Students who begin their studies in September will be assessed the plan fee for the full year of coverage which runs from September 1 to August 31. New students who begin their studies in January will be charged a pro-rated amount for coverage from January 1 to August 31. Students registered only in the Summer Session are not eligible for the Plan. Students can check their fees at the Student Service Centre to verify whether or not they are assessed the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan fee.

AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan
Students beginning studies in September $227.04*
Students beginning studies in January $151.36*
* These are the approved rates for 16/17. Rates for 17/18 to come.

Students who already have an equivalent health and dental plan may opt out of the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan by providing proof of this equivalent coverage. Students can also enrol their spouse and/or dependents by completing an enrolment process and paying an additional fee over and above their student association fee.

Opting Out
Students can opt out or enrol their family during Change of Coverage periods only. The opt out and enrolment deadlines are as follows:

  • For students starting in September: September 5 – 26, 2017*
  • For students starting in January: January 3 – 24, 2018*

* Dates are subject to change.

Opt outs and enrolments can only be processed during the Change of Coverage period or within 30 days of their registration period, whichever is later.

For information on enrolling or opting out, go to I Have a Plan UBC, call 1.877.795.4421, or visit the Health and Dental Plan Office on campus (SUB, room 42V).

iMed (for International Students)

There are two basic insurance plans (iMED and MSP) and one extended plan (AMS/GSS Health and Dental) for international students at UBC. Descriptions of all three plans are available here.

UBC provides a mandatory basic health 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 sickness or injury.

All new international students who pay international tuition fees at UBC, as well as international exchange students and students in the Tec de Monterrey and Ritsumeikan University UBC Joint Academic programs, are automatically assessed the following fees (subject to change):

iMED $180.00
iMED for one-term exchange students $252.00
iMED for visiting international research students (per month) $60.00 - $66.00

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), with the exception of one-term exchange students, who are covered by iMED for the duration of their exchange because they are not eligible for MSP.

For one-term international exchange students, iMED covers:

  • Term 1: August 30, 2017 - January 2, 2018 (plus up to ten days of travel from the home country to Canada)1.
  • Term 2: December 27, 2016 - May 1, 2018 (plus up to ten days of travel from the home country to Canada)1.

1These dates are subject to change.

The iMED fee will be assessed before the start of classes and will be listed online as a student fee.

One-term exchange students cannot change their dates; they can purchase additional days of coverage directly from David Cummings Insurance Services (DCIS) if they arrive in BC before, or leave after, the dates indicated above. For more information, visit DCIS.

For visiting international research students: A monthly rate (up to 6 months) is available for international students conducting research full-time at the University under the supervision of a UBC faculty member. The student can be either enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or graduate-equivalent program at another university or can be a participant in a UBC-recognized “bridging” program through Go Global. A fraction of a month will be considered a full month.

For all other international students: iMED covers the three month waiting period before eligibility for MSP, from the time a student leaves home (up to ten days prior to arrival, provided the arrival date is within the iMED coverage dates) until the student's MSP eligibility date. iMED coverage will begin upon arrival in Canada, with the earliest arrival date being August 1 (Term 1), December 1 (Term 2), April 1 (Summer Term 1), or June 1 (Summer Term 2). The iMED fee for the three-month period will be assessed when a student registers and will be listed online as a student fee.

For students arriving in BC in the month(s) before iMED coverage is due to start, please contact DCIS to purchase advance coverage; such students may then be eligible to opt out of the iMED plan.

Students arriving in BC in the month after the dates indicated above must submit the Date Change Form, with proof of arrival date in BC (a copy of the study permit), to DCIS. Dates of coverage can then be shifted to cover the three-month waiting period for MSP. The deadline for submitting the Date Change Form is by the end of the third week of classes.

Fee-Freezing: Any iMED fee assessed to a student's account will be "frozen" on the last day to withdraw from classes without a "W" standing. If a student withdraws from classes after the fee-freeze date and was not in Canada at any time during the coverage period, they may contact International House at 604.822.5021 or email International Advisors to request the removal of the iMED fee from their UBC student account. Those who fail to do so will be required to pay the iMED fee. The request for removing the iMED fee must be received by the Add/Drop date.

Adding family members: Students may add dependents to their iMED plan. For more information and application forms, visit DCIS.

Opting Out: Students who are already covered by MSP, by another Canadian provincial health plan, or whose studies are funded by a third party (for example; government bodies, corporations, organizations and foundations) that has selected, required and purchased a basic health insurance plan on behalf of the student as part of its funding, must opt out of iMED by the Add/Drop date. Please note that having private insurance does not make a student eligible to opt out of iMED. For opt out instructions and forms, visit DCIS.

Page last updated: March 14, 2017

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