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myBenefits at a Glance

The highlights below are provided as general information. Coverage for eligible costs are based on the contract detail. Reasonable and customary rates will be applied. Select the benefit for additional coverage details.

Ambulance:
Reimbursed at 80% to a maximum of $250 per occurrence.
(please click Supplemental Health for details.)

Prescription Drugs:
Reimbursed at 80% to a maximum of $3,000 per benefit year.
Based on the BC Provincial Formulary with a generic rider.
(please click Prescription Drug for details.)

Health Practitioners:
The services of paramedical practitioners are reimbursed at 80% to a maximum of $20 per visit. Each service has an overall plan maximum of $300 based on reasonable and customary charges, per benefit year. Practitioners must be registered and licensed in their field of practice.
(please click Supplemental Health for details.)

Medical Equipment & Supplies:
Reimbursed at 80%. A physician's prescription is required. Pre-authorization is suggested.
(please click Supplemental Health for details.)

Dental Accident:
Reimbursed at 80% to a maximum of $1,000 per accident.
(services must be performed within 12 months of accident; authorization required)
(please click Supplemental Health for details.)

Dental Coverage:
Exams covered at 80% once per benefit year. Overall plan maximum of $750 per benefit year.
(please click Dental for details.)

Accidental Death & Dismemberment:
$5,000 loss of life benefit.
(please click Other Insurances for details.)

Travel Insurance:
$2 million of coverage for emergencies and illnesses while traveling.
(please click Travel Insurance for details.)

Vision:
Maximum of one eye exam every 24 months from the date of service.
Glasses and/or contact lenses to a maximum of $100 every 24 months from date of purchase.
(please click Vision for details.)

Tutorial:
After 15 days of confinement due to illness or injury.
(please click Other Insurances for details.)

NOTE: In the event of any discrepancy between the information herein and our contract with the insurer, the terms of the contract will apply.

Supplemental Health




Ambulance
Your plan covers of 80% for licensed ground ambulance or emergency air service that transports the patient to the nearest hospital equipped to provide the required treatment when the physical condition of the patient prevents the use of another means of transportation. If the patient requires the services of a registered nurse during the flight, the services and return airfare for a registered nurse are covered.

Nursing
Your plan covers 80% up to a maximum of $10,000 per benefit year for the services of a registered nurse (R.N.), registered nursing assistant (R.N.A.), certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.), or licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) when provided in the patient’s home. To qualify as an eligible expense the patient’s treatment must require the level of expertise of an R.N., R.N.A., C.N.A., or L.P.N.

Practitioners
Student benefits are payable after any Provincial Health Care benefits have been exhausted. This plan does not cover user fees. Student specific rates are available for some of the indicated services, information can be found in Select Savings. Practitioners must be registered and licensed in their field of practice.
 
The services of the following practitioners are covered at 80% for $20/visit to a maximum of $300 based on reasonable and customary charges, per practitioner, per benefit year.
  
• chiropractor, including one x-ray examination per benefit year
• registered massage therapist*
• naturopath
• osteopath, including one x-ray examination per benefit year
• physiotherapist*
• speech therapist*
• psychologist* or social worker*
• podiatrist/chiropodist, including 1 x-ray examination per benefit year
 
*physician’s prescription/referral required for indicated services

Medical Equipment & Supplies
It is recommended that an application for pre-approval be submitted to the insurer for any item that would be claimed under the Medical Services & Supplies benefit.
 
Medical Equipment
Your plan covers 80% of reasonable and customary charges for eligible equipment when prescribed by a physician. Eligible durable equipment includes, but is not limited to, items such as:
 
• wheel chairs
• wheel chair repairs (lifetime maximum of $250)
• walkers
• hospital beds
• traction kits

Braces, Crutches, Splints and Trusses
Your plan covers 80% of reasonable and customary charges when prescribed by a physician and are not solely for athletic use for braces, crutches, splints, trusses.

Prosthesis
Your plan covers 80% of reasonable and customary charges when prescribed by a physician for artificial limbs or other prosthetic appliances.


Orthopaedics*
Your plan covers 80% up to a maximum of $150 per foot, per benefit year for custom-made orthopaedic shoes, repairs and modifications when required for the correction of deformity of the bones and muscles. Provided the orthopaedics are not solely for athletic use and are prescribed by a physician, podiatrist, chiropodist, or chiropractor.

*IMPORTANT It is strongly recommended that a pre-determination/estimate be submitted to Great-West Life to ensure that the guidelines set out by Great-West Life for the payment of Orthopaedics are met and to confirm that your claim would be eligible.
Dental Accident
IMPORTANT! Dental Accident Pre-determination: An estimate for all dental accident services MUST be submitted to the health plan insurer. If you go ahead with treatment without a pre-determination being approved, you are doing so at the risk of the expenses being yours.

The plan covers 80% of the cost of the services of a dental surgeon, limited to the fees provided in the current General Practitioners fee guide, including dental prosthesis, required for the treatment of a fractured jaw or accidental injuries to natural teeth or jaw if caused by external, violent and accidental means. Services must be performed within 12 months of the accident. Dental Accident benefits are payable through the Health plan and limited to $1,000 per accident.

Treatment must be completed within 12 months of the impact. If treatment is scheduled to occur more than 90 days after the impact, a treatment plan must be submitted to the insurer before the end of the 90 day period.
Out of Province Referral
Your plan covers 80% of the following hospital and medical services provided in Canada or the United States which are not offered in the province of residence and are performed following written referral by the attending physician in the patient’s province of residence to a maximum of $10,000 per lifetime:

1) hospital room and board at the ward rate
2) hospital services and supplies
3) diagnosis and treatment by physicians

The physician must give full details of the treatment and must be approved by the insurer in advance. You must apply and provide the insurer with a statement from your provincial health plan that describes what it will cover.

Prescription Drug

Your drug plan covers 80% of the cost of most medications legally requiring a prescription to a maximum of $3,000 per benefit year.

The maximum amount payable to an eligible brand name drug will be limited to the lowest priced item in the appropriate generic category.

IMPORTANT! Advise your doctor and pharmacist that you are on the BC Provincial Formulary.

The BC Provincial Formulary is a specific list of drugs that are eligible for reimbursement under your drug benefit. Formularies are developed to ensure that prescription drugs are available on a cost-effective basis. It covers approximately 85% of the most frequently prescribed drugs. Formularies are reviewed regularly and as a result, updates are made on an ongoing basis.

Exception Process: In the event that the drugs covered are not effective in treating your condition, an exception process is in place. To be eligible for an exception, you must have tried one alternative drug listed on the Formulary. An exception drug request form is available below or from the Office of the Registrar and must be completed by your physician. Completed forms may be returned to the VSAOC Office or can be faxed directly to the insurance company.

Request for Coverage of Exception Status Drug form

BC Fair Pharmacare

The Fair PharmaCare program in British Columbia is intended to provide greater financial assistance to British Columbians for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. You must be a resident of the Province of British Columbia with an MSP number. The new approach focuses PharmaCare financial assistance to British Columbians who need it most - the lower your income, the more assistance the government will provide for your prescription drugs.

By coordinating the benefits from BC Fair PharmaCare and the Student Health Plan, many enrolled students will enjoy lower out-of-pocket charges for their eligible prescription drugs.

Students with net income less than $15,000 in the previous taxation year, who have registered for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) on their own, not under their family, will enjoy the greatest benefit. PharmaCare will pay 70% of eligible prescription drug charges from the first dollar charged to the student and the Student Benefits Plan will pay up to 80% of the remainder!

FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS TO REGISTER:

Have ready your:
• BC Care Card number
• net income from 2 years ago
• social insurance number
• birthdate

You will receive your registration number immediately.

Register online HERE

 If you experience difficulty registering, or it states that you are already registered, or if you prefer to register over the phone please call: 604-683-7151 or 1-800-663-7100 for assistance.

Please note: if you are not a permanent resident of BC you must still fill out the registration form providing your home province or country in place of the Fair Pharmacare registration number.

Dental

Payment of dental benefits is based on the General Practitioners Dental Association suggested fee guide or the Insurance Reimbursement Rate set by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (CLHIA) when a fee guide is not available. For services provided by a dental specialist, payment is based upon the General Practitioners Dental Association suggested fee guide.

Alternate Benefit - When there are two or more courses of treatment available to adequately correct a dental condition, reimbursement may be based on the cost of the least expensive treatment, which provides adequate care to the Insured.

IMPORTANT! Please submit a pre-determination/pre-authorization to the insurance carrier prior to treatment of specialist services and any treatment plan exceeding $500.

Your plan covers up to a maximum of $750 per benefit year.


Diagnostic & Preventative
Your plan covers 80% of diagnostic and preventative procedures including:
• examination, 1 per benefit year
• complete series of x-rays, up to 16 films including bitewings, 1 in any 36 month period, not eligible for dependent children under age 12
• bitewings, 1 per benefit year
• panoramic, 1 in any 36 month period
• polishing, 1 unit per benefit year
• scaling, 2 units per benefit year
Minor Restorative
Your plan covers 70% for services associated with dental health restoration, including:
• amalgam (silver) fillings
• composite resin (tooth coloured) fillings for anterior teeth only. White fillings placed on molars will be reimbursed at the silver (amalgam) rate
• stainless steel and plastic full coverage restoration, 1 per tooth in any 36 month period, for dependent children under age 15
• recementation of fixed prosthetics
• denture adjustments and repairs
• relining, rebasing and tissue conditioning, once every 36 months
Extractions
Your plan covers 50% for services associated with surgical extractions, including:
• extractions, not more than 2 wisdom teeth per benefit year
• anaesthesia, eligible when done in conjunction with oral surgical procedures
Endodontic
Your plan covers 20% for endodontic services including:
• root canal therapy
Periodontic
Your plan covers 20% for periodontic services including:
• occlusal equilibration, not more than 4 units per benefit year
• periodontal appliances, not more than 1 appliance per arch in any 5 year period
• periodontal appliance repairs, maintenance and adjustments, 1 per benefit year
• oral surgical procedures
• anaesthesia, eligible when done in conjunction with oral surgical procedures

Other Insurances

Accidental Death & Dismemberment*
Your plan provides coverage for the loss of life or limb and for paralysis caused by an accident. The amount of your life benefit is $5,000. Please contact health and dental plan office for a complete schedule of losses.

Tutorial*
Your plan covers 80% up to $15/hour to a maximum of $2,000 per benefit year for private tutorial service if the student is confined to home or hospital for a minimum of 15 consecutive school days.

*Applicable to the Student only. Family members are not eligible for reimbursement of Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Tutorial benefits.

Travel Insurance

Emergency Out of Country Travel Insurance

Your plan covers 100% up to a maximum of $2,000,000 per lifetime of medical expenses incurred as a result of a medical emergency arising while you are traveling outside Canada for vacation, business or education purposes. To qualify for benefits, you must be covered by the government health plan in your home province. For additional details on this benefit download your Travel Assist Brochure.

Personal Health Risk Assessment

The Personal Health Risk Assessment can be used to create a health profile, build an action plan to support your health and wellness needs and track progress.
Watch a short video about Personal Health Risk Assessment.

Exclusions

Limitations and Exclusions to Extended Health Benefits
No benefit is payable for:
1) expenses for which benefits are payable under a Workers' Compensation Act or a similar statute;
2) expenses incurred due to intentionally self-inflicted injuries;
3) expenses incurred due to civil disorder or war, whether or not war was declared;
4) expenses for services and products, rendered or prescribed by a person who is ordinarily resident in the patient's home or who is related to the patient by blood or marriage;
5) expenses for which benefits are payable under a government plan;
6) expenses for benefits which are legally prohibited by the government from coverage;
7) out-of-province expenses for elective (non-emergency) medical treatment or surgery;
8) expenses for drugs which, in the insurer's opinion, are experimental;
9) expenses for dietary supplements, vitamins and infant foods;
10) expenses for contraceptives (other than oral);
11) expenses for smoking cessation aids;
12) drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction;
13) expenses for drugs if they are used for the treatment of infertility;
14) expenses for the services of a homemaker;
15) expenses for items purchased solely for athletic use;
16) dental expenses, except those specifically provided under eligible expenses for treatment of accidental injuries to natural teeth;
17) utilization fees which are imposed by the Provincial Health Care Plan for the use of a service;
18) expenses for the regular treatment of an injury or disease which existed before the member's or dependant's departure from his/her province of residence;
19) immunizations and vaccines (Hepatitis B will be covered, except for Recombivax HB preservative free - DIN 02245976 and DIN 02245977); or
20) any other exclusion identified in the policy contract.

Limitations and Exclusions to Dental Benefit
No benefit is payable for:
1) any cause for which the insured may apply for and receive protection, exemption or compensation under any Workers' Compensation Act;
2) self-inflicted injuries while sane or insane;
3) war, insurrection or hostilities of any kind whether or not the insured was a participant in such actions;
4) participation in any riot or civil commotion;
5) committing or attempting to commit a criminal offence or provoking an assault;
6) dental care, treatment or supplies primarily for cosmetic purposes;
7) failing to keep scheduled appointments;
8) file transfers, the completion of claim forms or other documentation;
9) any dental treatment for the correction of temporomandibular joint dysfunction;
10) replacement of mislaid, lost or stolen appliances;
11) expenses for full mouth reconstructions for vertical dimension correction or to repair or restore teeth damaged or worn due to attrition or vertical wear or to restore occlusion;
12) any services or supplies for implantology including tooth implantation and surgical insertion of fabricated implants;
13) any dental procedure which is not listed in the descriptions of dental benefits indicated herein;
14) charges that are in excess of the fees stated in the Dental Association General Dentist Fee Guide applicable to this benefit;
15) where coverage for services is provided under any government plan;
16) where services would be provided without charge in the absence of this policy; or
17) any other exclusions identified in the policy contract.

BC Fair Pharmacare

The Fair PharmaCare program in British Columbia is intended to provide greater financial assistance to British Columbians for eligible prescription drugs and designated medical supplies. You must be a resident of the Province of British Columbia with an MSP number. The new approach focuses PharmaCare financial assistance to British Columbians who need it most - the lower your income, the more assistance the government will provide for your prescription drugs.

By coordinating the benefits from BC Fair PharmaCare and the Student Health Plan, many enrolled students will enjoy lower out-of-pocket charges for their eligible prescription drugs.

Students with net income less than $15,000 in the previous taxation year, who have registered for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) on their own, not under their family, will enjoy the greatest benefit. PharmaCare will pay 70% of eligible prescription drug charges from the first dollar charged to the student and the Student Benefits Plan will pay up to 80% of the remainder!

FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS TO REGISTER:

Have ready your:
• BC Care Card number
• net income from 2 years ago
• social insurance number
• birthdate

You will receive your registration number immediately.

Register online HERE

If you experience difficulty registering, or it states that you are already registered, or if you prefer to register over the phone please call: 604-683-7151 or 1-800-663-7100 for assistance.

Please note: if you are not a permanent resident of BC you must still fill out the registration form providing your home province or country in place of the Fair Pharmacare registration number.

Vision

Your plan covers 100% of the cost of one eye examinations by an ophthalmologist or optometrist in a 24 month period from the date of service.
Based on reasonable and customary charges.

Your plan covers 100% of cost for the purchase of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses to a maximum of $100, once during a 24 month period from the first date of purchase. Based on reasonable and customary charges.

Special contact lenses for severe corneal astigmatism, severe corneal scarring, Keratoconus (Conical Cornea) or Aphakia, when they are prescribed by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist, provided that visual acuity can be improved to at least 20/40 level whereas it cannot be improved to that level with standard glasses. The maximum is $100 for one complete set of lenses every 24 months from the first date of purchase.

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