Reduction to MSP Premiums Effective Jan. 1, 2018

The Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the provincial government program that covers medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures. In the fall, the BC Ministry of Health announced an updated calculation of MSP rates.

Effective January 1, 2018, current rates for MSP premiums will be reduced by 50% for all British Columbians. There is no need to apply for this reduction as premium amounts will be automatically adjusted.

Reminder: There are no MSP premiums charged for dependent children (under the age of 19 or between the ages of 19-25 if they are considered a full-time student).

MSP Rates 2017 Monthly Premiums Monthly Premiums Effective Jan. 1, 2018
One Adult $75.00 $37.50
Two Adults $150.00 $75.00

If you are enrolled under the UBC Group MSP plan:

Employees who pay all or a portion of their MSP premiums (i.e. 100% or 75% of the premium) will pay less than they do now.

If you are part of an employment group that does not pay MSP premiums (BCGEU Childcare, CUPE 116, CUPE 2950, BCGEU Okanagan, Executive Administrative and IUOE 882), this rate change will not impact you.

View the Eligibility & Costs page for your employment group to see the MSP monthly premium cost effective Jan. 1, 2018. The cost is broken down to show what you pay and what UBC pays (if applicable).

The change in premium or portion of premium that you pay (if applicable) will appear on your Dec. 31, 2017 pay statement (premiums are taken one month in advance). You can view your pay statement online via the UBC Faculty and Staff Self-Service website (VPN is necessary to access Self-Service off campus).

Eligibility for Reduced Premiums

Health Insurance BC provides financial assistance (full or partial subsidy) for families who have filed their taxes and have an adjusted net income of $42,000 or less. For more information, please visit the Premium Assistance section of our MSP page.