British Columbia has a comprehensive medical services plan (MSP) that insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures. As a new employee, your MSP application will be processed through the UVic Benefits Office.
There is generally a waiting period for MSP coverage. Employees moving from other provinces in Canada will be covered by their existing provincial plan until MSP coverage begins. Employees moving from outside of Canada will need to purchase interim insurance—get information from the UVic Benefits Office.
Finding a physician
The health care needs of Victoria are met by over 500 physicians and surgeons, 14 walk-in clinics, and six hospitals. Victoria is also well represented by complementary and holistic health care providers including naturopathy, herbalists, Eastern medicine practitioners, acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists.
When you first arrive in Victoria, you may access medical services through a drop-in medical clinic. Appointments are not normally necessary in drop-in clinics. If you don't have a BC Carecard you may be charged for the visit, but this will likely be refunded to you if you have medical insurance coverage or are waiting to receive your BC Carecard. Clinics are preferable to hospitals for non-emergencies as they generally involve shorter waits.
Extended health benefits
Extended health care coverage is a component of your benefit plans as described in the Benefits Handbook. Premiums are cost-shared with employees and include provisions for prescription drugs, naturopathic physicians, chiropractic services, semi-private/private hospital rooms, podiatric services, orthotics, hearing aids, vision care, private duty nursing, physiotherapy, massage therapy, speech therapy, counselling and acupuncture. Please contact the Human Resources benefits staff at 250-721-6522 for more information and before making any health care arrangements in BC.
The University of Victoria Dental Plan provides comprehensive dental coverage including orthodontics, major restorative, diagnostic and preventative services. For specific information concerning coverage, contact the benefits staff at 250-721-6522.
Finding a dentist
There is a private dental clinic on campus in the Student Union Building, Room B142. To make an appointment, please call 250-380-1888.
You can also search for a dentist in your area.
- See also: A quick reference to benefits for faculty members and librarians at UVic.