What is it?
Fair Pharmacare helps residents of British Columbia with the cost of certain prescription drugs and medical supplies.
Why do I need it?
In most cases, your AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan will cover up to 80% of eligible prescriptions. However, you may choose to apply for Fair Pharmacare to cover more expensive prescriptions for chronic health conditions that are not covered by the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan.
When do I need it?
If you are an international student with a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and already have MSP coverage, you may be eligible to apply for Fair Pharmacare. You must apply for and receive your MSP and SIN before you submit your application for Fair Pharmacare.
How do I get it?
You can submit an application for Fair Pharmacare online. The application requests that you provide information from your last year’s Canadian tax return.
If you are a new international student who has not yet filed tax returns, you will need to complete an application for income review. In addition to the income review, you will need to contact MSP by phone at 604-683-7151 to request that another form be sent to you by mail or fax. The name of this form is the “Notarized Affidavit”, where you will include any world income from outside of Canada in the past year. You must take this form to a notary to be stamped (check online for notaries near UBC; there will be a fee) and then send the original form back to MSP at the following address: