Medical Services Plan
New Medicare Protection Act amendments in effect October 1, 2018
Recent changes to the Medicare Protection Act help ensure that eligible BC residents receive quality public health care based on need, not on ability to pay.
In Canada, public health insurance is available to eligible residents. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply for provincial health insurance.
In B.C., public health insurance is called the Medical Services Plan – or MSP. It covers the cost of medically-necessary insured doctor services.
For information on MSP services for B.C. residents, group plan administrators, and medical and health-care practitioners, please see the following sections:
MSP Monthly Rates (Premiums)
In B.C., residents pay monthly MSP rates (premiums), which help meet a portion of the costs of B.C.’s health-care system. Each month, you will be sent an invoice for the premiums you owe for the next month.
Health Insurance BC administers MSP on behalf of the Ministry of Health and can answer your questions about medical coverage. For contact information, visit the resident, administrator or practitioner section links above.