Living in British Columbia and as a resident of Canada you don’t have to pay to see a doctor or receive treatment in a hospital. ┬áThe Government of British Columbia has a universal health insurance plan called Medical Service Plan (MSP). Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, government assisted-refugees, as well as post-secondary international students with study permits and people with work permits for six months or longer can also receive MSP.

In order to access your MSP services, for yourself and all your family members, it is important that you apply for a MSP health insurance card from the provincial government as soon as possible after you arrive.

Your health insurance card provides the following services for free:

  • hospital care
  • examinations and treatment performed by your family doctor
  • many types of surgery
  • many types of laboratory tests
  • almost all immunizations
  • X-rays

But you may have to pay for:

  • prescription drugs
  • dental care
  • visits to the optometrist, prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses
  • ambulance service

See the following online resources for more information: