Services Not Covered by MSP

MSP does not provide coverage for the following:

  • services that are deemed to be not medically required, such as cosmetic surgery;
  • dental services, except as outlined under benefits;
  • routine eye examinations for persons 19 to 64 years of age;
  • eyeglasses, hearing aids, and other equipment or appliances;
  • prescription drugs (see PharmaCare);
  • acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and non-surgical podiatry services (except for MSP beneficiaries with premium assistance status);
  • preventive services and screening tests not supported by evidence of medical effectiveness (for example, routine annual "complete" physical examinations, whole body CT scans, prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests);
  • services of counsellors or psychologists;
  • medical examinations, certificates or tests required for:
    • driving a motor vehicle
    • employment
    • life insurance
    • school or university
    • recreational and sporting activities
    • immigration purposes

Note: The Ministry of Health provides funding through regional Health Authorities for hospital programs, mental health and addictions services, and residential/assisted living. For information about ambulance services, see B.C. Ambulance Service. For information about assistance with prescription drug costs, go to PharmaCare.

Useful Contacts

If you have questions about what services are covered by MSP, contact Health Insurance BC for more information.

Telephone: (604) 683-7151 (Lower Mainland)
1-800-663-7100 (Elsewhere in B.C.)
Health Insurance BC PO Box 9035 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, B.C. V8W 9E3
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