The Medical Services Plan (MSP) of B.C. insures medically required services provided by physicians to all eligible British Columbians. Starting January 1, 2020, MSP administration will transfer to Health Insurance BC (HIBC) and will no longer be a part of this benefits program.
You don’t need to re-apply for coverage. HIBC will automatically transfer you and your covered dependants to a self-administered MSP account when group coverage ends.
Impact to Extended Health Plan
All British Columbia residents must be covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). You must be enrolled in MSP to be eligible for out-of-province/out-of-country emergency medical coverage under the extended health plan. You must also be registered for PharmaCare to assist with prescription coverage, limiting the impact on your lifetime maximum.
MSP Updates Effective January 1, 2020
To request MSP account changes (e.g., address changes, adding or removing dependants, or re-certifying your child as a full-time student) and/or to submit documentation online, please visit the website.
New or Returning to B.C.
If you’re new or returning to B.C., there’s a waiting period that lasts the rest of the month after arrival plus two full months. To be enrolled in MSP, individuals must complete a two-step process as soon as they arrive in order to process the application and to ensure coverage isn’t delayed. The two-step process requires that individuals first visit an ICBC office to obtain a BC Services card and then apply for MSP coverage.
More information on this process is available on the How to Apply page on MSP’s website.
Please visit the MSP website or contact HIBC.
Health Insurance BC
PO Box 9035, Stn Prov Govt
Lower Mainland Phone: 604-683-7151
Elsewhere in B.C.: (Toll-free) 1-800-663-7100