Medical Services Plan

The Medical Services Plan of British Columbia (MSP) insures medically required services provided to British Columbians by physicians, including laboratory services and diagnostic procedures. MSP contributes towards supplementary benefits for eligible beneficiaries. All B.C. residents are required to enroll with MSP and pay a monthly premium, if applicable. New residents or persons re-establishing residence in are eligible for coverage after completing a waiting period that normally consists of the remainder of the month of arrival, plus two months. To allow time for your application to be processed, you should apply for MSP coverage immediately upon arrival in B.C., rather than at the end of the waiting period.

Temporary Premium Assistance (TPA) is a program offered to residents of British Columbia who are unable to pay Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums due to a recent* unexpected event causing financial hardship (for example: illness, disability or unemployment due to job loss). To qualify, applicants must not only demonstrate the unexpected financial hardship but they must also demonstrate that they could not have reasonably budgeted to do so. If all requirements are met, MSP premiums may be temporarily waived.

MSP’s premium rate structure and assistance programs are designed to offer a basic monthly rate to the majority of British Columbians and premium subsidies to those in financial need. The Regular Premium Assistance Program assists BC residents with the cost of premiums based on their income as verified with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Regular Premium Assistance offers five levels of subsidies. This is based on an individual's net income (or a couple's combined net income) for the preceding tax year, less deductions for age, family size, disability and any reported Universal Child Care Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan Income. The resulting amount is referred to as "adjusted net income".

 

Contact

 If you have questions about your invoice or a payment you made call 1-877-4054

Telephone: 1-800-207-2051

Alternative Telephone: (Victoria) 250-356-8285
Mailing Address: Temporary Premium Assistance-MSP, PO Box 9627 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9E3

Fax #: 250-387-8021909 (Toll-free).

Address / Contact Info

Health Insurance BC
PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BCV8W 9E3

Phone Numbers

Toll-free : 1-800-663-7100
Temporary Premium Assistance : (250) 356-8285
Fax : (250) 387-8021

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This program was last updated on 15 Mar 2016.