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Health Plans & Insurance


Canadian students

You must have a valid provincial health insurance card to cover services at Dalhousie Health Service, or at any hospital. Canadian students paying full-time fees are automatically covered by the Dalhousie Student Union Health and Dental Plan. 

Health and Dental Plan (Halifax & Truro Campus)

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health and Dental Plan is a student-oriented benefits plan that provides students with coverage for prescriptions, dental, travel, accident, vision, and many other services and perks. All full-time students who begin in September are automatically enrolled in the DSU Health Plan and the cost of the plan is included in your student fees.

If you are on co-op, exchange, taking distance courses, or are starting in January or May, you must opt in to the plan. However, if you have equivalent coverage through another plan, such as one carried by your parents, you may be able to opt out. Please visit the StudentVIP website for more information on the plan, opting out, and enrolling your family. It's your responsibility to ensure you have been charged for and enrolled in the DSU Health and Dental Plan.

The 2015 deadline to opt in and out is September 25, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. 
Note: Students must opt out of the plan every year. 

Quebec Students

Effective September 1, 2003, all patients covered by Quebec Provincial Health Care will be required to pay for their office visit at the time of their appointment. As well, any additional services administered by Dalhousie Health Services, over and above the regular office visit, will require payment to be made when services are rendered.

All patients will be issued a receipt which they can personally submit to the Regie de Quebec for reimbursement.

The cost of a regular office visit is currently $35. Additional charges for additional or uninsured services will vary, but will be based on the amount currently paid by MSI (Nova Scotia provincial health coverage).

Dalhousie Health Service accepts cash, debit, Visa, and Mastercard. No personal cheques.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our Quebec patients. However, as the province of Quebec does not have a reciprocal billing policy similar to all other provinces and territories, it is necessary to implement this policy.

Dual citizenship - Canada and another country

If you are dual citizen, hold a Canadian passport and have applied to Dalhousie University as a Canadian Citizen, you may not be automatically enrolled under the DSU International Health Plan. In addition, you may not be eligible for provincial health care until you fulfill specific requirements. To confirm your health insurance status, or to purchase the DSU International Health Plan, please contact the DSU Health Plan Office as soon as possible to avoid incurring large medical expenses. For more information please go to the dual citizenship webpage


International Students

International students coming to Dalhousie University are required to have a comprehensive health plan. For more information visit the International Centre website.

International Student Health Plan (Halifax & Truro Campus)

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) International Student Health Plan provides international students with basic health insurance coverage such as doctor and hospital visits. This plan is different from the DSU Health and Dental Plan mentioned above. International students are billed and enrolled for both plans (provided you meet the criteria as outlined above). The DSU International Student Health Plan is required unless you carry MSI or equivalent insurance. If you are a dual citizen, please contact the office regarding your health coverage.

For more information about the plan, opting out, or how to enroll your family, please visit the International Health website. It's your responsibility to ensure you have been charged for and enrolled in the DSU International Student Health Plan.

The 2015 deadline to opt in and out is September 25, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. 
Note: Students must opt out of the plan every year.