Emergency Medical Coverage

For information on Out-of-Country Emergency Medical Coverage and COVID-19, please visit the Benefits While Traveling page.

If you experience a medical emergency while travelling outside of Canada and you are enrolled in the UBC Extended Health Plan, contact Allianz Global Assistance immediately. Allianz Global Assistance will refer you to medical help and in some circumstances, will arrange for payment of your medical emergency expenses to the provider directly.

If you are travelling outside of BC but within Canada (except Quebec) and need emergency medical care, present your BC CareCard/BC Services Card and the health-care provider will bill BC’s Medical Services Plan. If you are travelling in Quebec, you will probably be required to pay for your medical services and seek reimbursement later from MSP. You can also contact Allianz Global Assistance if you require help

What is a medical emergency?

A medical emergency is an acute illness or accidental injury that requires immediate, medically necessary treatment prescribed by a doctor. This could include:

  • a sudden, unexpected injury;
  • an acute episode of a medical condition that was not identified or being treated before you left BC; or
  • an unexpected and unforeseen acute episode of a previously identified medical condition that was stable and controlled when you left BC.

What do I do in an emergency medical situation?

If you are in an emergency medical situation while travelling outside of Canada, call Allianz Global Assistance immediately.

Allianz Global Assistance’s operations centre in Kitchener, Ontario is open 24 hours a day.

In the USA and Canada, call: 1-800-511-4610
Elsewhere, call: 1-519-514-0351 (call collect through an international operator)
Fax: 1-519-514-0374
Send a message: http://www.allianz-assistance.ca/en/contact.aspx

If you cannot contact Allianz Global Assistance before receiving medical care, be sure to call them as soon as possible afterwards. Your payment for medical expenses may be denied or limited if you significantly delay in calling Allianz Global Assistance. More importantly, all invasive and investigative procedures, including any surgery, angiogram, MRI, PET scan, or CAT scan, must be pre-authorized by Allianz Global Assistance – except in extreme circumstances where emergency surgery must be performed immediately after admission to a hospital.

Allianz Global Assistance will manage your case and if possible, will arrange for payment of your medical emergency expenses to the provider directly. Physicians and hospitals can also call to confirm benefits and arrange direct payment.

If you do not contact Allianz Global Assistance before seeking medical help, any expenses you must pay in order to submit the claim (such as fees for obtaining medical records, translation expenses, etc.) are your responsibility.

What information do I need to provide Allianz Global Assistance?

Give Allianz Global Assistance the following information:

  • Your name or, if your dependent is the one needing assistance, your dependent’s name.
  • Your current location, including city, state and country.
  • Where you are calling from (e.g., hotel/residence, hospital, physician’s office).
  • Your current phone number (e.g., at your hospital, the nursing station nearest you, hotel) so that Allianz Global Assistance can get in touch with you. Give details of your hotel name, phone number, and room information in case Allianz Global Assistance needs to leave messages.
  • Your UBC benefit plan contract number – 025205.
  • Your UBC benefit plan member ID number – your seven-digit UBC employee ID number.
  • A description of the situation.

What emergency services are provided by Allianz Global Assistance?

Allianz Global Assistance provides emergency travel assistance services that include:

  • referring you to a medical facility, physician or pharmacist,
  • confirming your coverage and benefits,
  • facilitating payments to a hospital or medical provider, whenever possible,;
  • monitoring the medical situation if you are hospitalized, and
  • overseeing your transfer to a different hospital or treatment facility, or transport home if it is determined to be safe to do so.

What costs are covered?

Eligible medical expenses as a result of a medical emergency may include the following:

  • services and supplies while in hospital, including a semi-private hospital room,
  • out-patient and physicians’ services and
  • licensed ground or air ambulance service to the nearest hospital equipped to provide the required treatment.

Allianz Global Assistance will also cover the cost of:

  • hotel accommodation and meals, if your return trip is delayed by a medical emergency involving you or another person travelling with you who is also covered under your plan;
  • replacement of transportation tickets, if you lose the use of your return ticket due to a medical emergency;
  • safe return home of any unattended dependent children, if you are hospitalized;
  • a visit by a family member, if you are travelling without a relative and are hospitalized for more than seven consecutive days;
  • the return of your personal or rented car, if you are unable to drive;
  • arrangements for replacing lost or stolen travel documents and luggage;
  • translation services to help you communicate with local medical personnel;
  • sending urgent messages to your home, business or other location; and
  • return of remains to BC, in the event of death.

While these services are typically utilized in emergency situations while travelling outside of Canada, they can also be used within Canada if an emergency situation arises when you are travelling in Canada, outside of BC. You are covered for a period of 365 days of absence per trip. If you are hospitalized during this period as a result of a medical emergency, in-patient services are covered for up to 90 days.

What if I need emergency dental care?

If you receive emergency dental care while outside BC or Canada, your UBC Dental Plan will cover costs based on the terms of the plan up to the BC Dental Association Fee Guide limits in Canadian funds. All receipts must be translated into English, and amounts for procedures will be converted to Canadian funds. Submit your claim when you return home using a paper dental claim form. If your claim was a result of a dental accident, use the Allianz Emergency Medical Expense Claim form.

How does Sun Life determine when a medical emergency is over?

An emergency ends when you or your family member is medically stable and therefore able to return to BC. If you choose not to return to BC, you will not be reimbursed for any further expenses.