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DSU Health and Dental Plan

Student checking into reception at Student Health & Wellness Centre

About your coverage

Dalhousie students who are taking three, full-credit, hour courses beginning in September are automatically enrolled in the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health & Dental Plan. The DSU Health and Dental Plan is a student-oriented benefits plan that covers prescriptions, dental, travel, accident, vision, and many other services.

If your studies begin in the Winter or Summer term and are interested in coverage under the DSU Health and Dental Plan, you must opt-in during the enrollment period for the term your studies begin at Dalhousie.

Part-time, Distance study, exchange or co-op, students in the Fall Term must opt-into the Health and Dental plan as they are not automatically enrolled. Opt-ins will be available at during the enrollment period for each term. 

If you are an International student, you will also be enrolled in the DSU International Health Plan and should refer to the International Student Health Plan for additional information on your coverage.

The Student VIP website is where you can learn more about your coverage, download your electronic benefits card, make a claim and opt-in or out!

Get details on your plan depending on when you start your studies

Students beginning in September

If you are a full-time student beginning classes in September, you are automatically enrolled in the DSU Health & Dental Plan and the cost of the plan is included in your student fees.

Students beginning in January or May

If you are beginning classes in January or May, you must opt in to the DSU Health & Dental Plan.

Students on co-op or exchange

If you are on co-op or exchange you must opt in to the plan. 

Students taking distance courses (exclusively)

If you are taking only distance courses, you must opt in to the plan.

Quebec students

Effective September 1, 2003, all patients covered by Quebec Provincial Health Care will be required to pay for their office visit (and any additional service fees) at the time of their appointment. 

The cost of a regular office visit is currently $45. 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).

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

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.

Canadian students going abroad

Dalhousie University International Centre has a partnership with Backpack to provide industry leading travel insurance and other safety and wellness services to students going abroad. Backpack provides travel coverage, accidental death coverage, and travel clinic and vaccine services. For more information and to purchase coverage please visit the International Student VIP website.