Eligibility and medical insurance

 Who can use University Health Services?

University Health Services (UHS) is dedicated to serve all registered UVic students. 

Uncertain about your availability? Please contact us.

Not a UVic student? Check out some strategies for accessing care in the community. 

What will it cost?

Most UHS services are covered by Canadian provincial or territorial health insurance plans with exception of Quebec. In BC, the BC Medical Service Plan (MSP) covers basic medical costs such as physician visits and specialist services, hospital care, and diagnostic services. 

If you allow your provincial health insurance to lapse, you will be billed for services at the time of visit. We will provide a receipt, which can be submitted to your health insurance once you are reinstated. Students with Quebec or alternate insurance will be billed for services and can submit UHS receipts to their providers for possible reimbursement.

Some services are not covered and will be billed directly to you. See the list of fees and speak to the front desk to determine the fees for services based on your particular situation

Please note: International students and those students without basic medical insurance covering their entire period of residency in BC are expected to apply for enrolment in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) upon arrival in the province. The standard waiting period for eligibility is three months.

Most new international students are automatically enrolled in the guard.me@UVic plan upon registration at UVic, to cover them during this three month wait period. For those studnets not enrolled automatically, you may enrol in guard.me to provide coverage before your MSP coverage is effective. 

Assistance for international students is available at International Student Services.

As a student at UVic, you are enrolled in an Extended Benefit plan through the Undergraduate Student Society or Graduate Student Society. This supplementary coverage includes such services as: eye exams, prescription drugs, vaccinations, dental care, allied care (physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage, etc).



Fair PharmaCare is a provincial income-based program designed to provide fair access to coverage for prescription drugs. As of September 1, 2017, all UVSS Plan members covered by BC MSP must register for the program, including international students and dependants. for details please visit www.studentcare.ca and BC FAIR PHARMACARE