Memo: UBC MSP group plan ending effective January 1, 2020 (Dec. 4, 2019)

Date: Dec. 4, 2019
To: All faculty and staff who are enrolled in a UBC MSP group plan
From: UBC Human Resources
Subject: UBC MSP group plan ending effective January 1, 2020

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.

As previously announced by the BC Ministry of Health, BC residents will no longer be charged monthly MSP premiums. For this reason, UBC will no longer administer a group MSP plan for its employees effective January 1, 2020.

The MSP program administered by Health Insurance BC (HIBC) will continue to provide provincially insured health care benefits for eligible BC residents.

Next steps

You do not need to re-apply for MSP coverage. HIBC will automatically put you and any existing dependents into a self-administered MSP account when UBC’s group plan ends on January 1, 2020. You will receive a letter from HIBC with current account information after your new MSP account is created.

Maintaining your MSP account

Before your MSP group plan ends on January 1, 2020, it is important that HIBC has your current address on file. To update your address, visit

As of January 1, 2020, you will be responsible for keeping your MSP account up-to-date. You must notify HIBC directly at if you:

  • Change your address;
  • Update your personal information, or information for other individuals on your account (including name, date of birth, or gender);
  • Add and/or remove a spouse (including common-law partner) or child(ren); and/or
  • Update your status in Canada (e.g.: obtain a new work permit, study permit, or confirmation of permanent residence).

For additional information

If you have any questions about your MSP coverage, visit or contact HIBC at 604-683-7151 (Lower Mainland) or 1-800-663-7100 (rest of BC).

To verify enrolment status for one or more individuals on your account, you can request an MSP Account Confirmation letter at

If you have any other questions, please email