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Hi everyone,

My son is living in Vancouver and has a 2 year working visa. He has been there a year already and we were using a multi- country travel insurance policy which is soon to expire (insurance was a comprehensive travel insurance from Australia).

We have found his current travel policy (from AU) is very limited as it doesn't cover things like GP, medicines and non-emergency medical bills.

I was hopeful to ask whether any of Vancouver medical system can be used by an Australian expat or, what his options were for the next 12 months.

I would be most grateful for your advice on private or public medical insurance e that others have utilised.

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Hi Kimba:


Go here BC : health.gov.bc.ca/insurance/msp_register.html

Eligibility

To qualify for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage, you must be a resident of British Columbia. A resident is a person who:

is a citizen of Canada or is lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence,
makes her or his home in B.C., and
is physically present in B.C. for
at least six months in a calendar year, or
a shorter prescribed period*,

and includes a person who is deemed under the regulations to be a resident but does not include a tourist or visitor to British Columbia.

*Note: Effective January 1, 2013, eligible B.C. residents (citizens of Canada or persons who are lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence) who are outside B.C. for vacation purposes only, are allowed a total absence of up to seven months in a calendar year.

Certain other persons, such as some holders of study and/or work permits, or working permits on working holiday programs — which are issued under the federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and are valid for a period of six or more months — may be deemed residents. Tourists or visitors to B.C. do not qualify. More information on eligibility is available on the MSP website.



Required Documents


Your application for Medical Services Plan (MSP) must include photocopies of documents that verify the Canadian citizenship or immigration status of each person to be enrolled.

Acceptable documents may include:

Canadian Citizens:

Canadian Birth Certificate
Citizenship Card or Citizenship Certificate
Passport
Any documentation from a Canadian Vital Statistics department that verifies Canadian Citizenship

Permanent Residents:

Record of Landing
Permanent Resident Card (front and back)
Confirmation of Permanent Residence document

Temporary Citizenship & Immigration Canada Document Holders:

Temporary Resident Permit
Work Permit
Study Permit

***If your health coverage is administered by your employer, union or pension plan, they will register for MSP on your behalf.

Also try VISITOR INSURANCE for Private insurers...hope this helps...should of did this once u set foot /landed in BC due to high volume requests, and length of u and your sons working visas, and inflexible coverage of current benefits.

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Hi everyone,

My son is living in Vancouver and has a 2 year working visa. He has been there a year already and we were using a multi- country travel insurance policy which is soon to expire (insurance was a comprehensive travel insurance from Australia).

We have found his current travel policy (from AU) is very limited as it doesn't cover things like GP, medicines and non-emergency medical bills.

I was hopeful to ask whether any of Vancouver medical system can be used by an Australian expat or, what his options were for the next 12 months.

I would be most grateful for your advice on private or public medical insurance e that others have utilised.
There are plenty of options in terms of a private medical insurance in Canada. Unfortunately, no private insurance for visitor's to Canada including Foreign Workers category covers anything Non-emergency.

On the other hand prescription drugs, hospitalization, medical care, dental and sometimes eye-related services are included in such insurance policy.

You may google up "visitors to canada insurance calculator arbetov" and compare different options on the Canadian Insurance market.

Hope it will be helpful!

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