If you started your studies in 2020/21 Winter Session or 2021 Summer Session, when you registered for courses, UBC automatically enrolled you for the iMED temporary private health insurance if you have not previously studied at UBC.
Make sure you've been charged for iMED fees by checking your account through the Student Services Centre (SSC).
You are also automatically enrolled in the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan, which you can only use in Canada. Learn about opting out if you will be outside of Canada.
If you will study in Canada
You should have received an email from David Cummings Insurance Services (DCIS) with information related to your iMED health insurance and a request for you to confirm your arrival date in Canada. You must confirm your arrival date with DCIS by following the instructions provided in the email. This applies to you whether you started your program in Canada or if you started your program online outside of Canada and will travel at a later date.
If you do not know when you will arrive in Canada, this is not a problem. You do not need to take action until 3 weeks before or after your arrival, and can travel until July 31, 2022.
We recommend that you confirm your arrival date before you travel by submitting an iMED arrival date confirmation form and providing your scanned flight tickets to DCIS starting from 3 weeks before your arrival date.
You can also confirm your arrival with DCIS up to 3 weeks after you’ve arrived in Canada by providing your scanned flight tickets, boarding pass(es), study permit, passport stamp, or landing documents.
Once you confirm your arrival with DCIS, you will receive your iMED card by email. If you don’t receive your iMED card, please email DCIS at email@example.com.
Confirm the iMED coverage period on your iMED card is correct. iMED coverage should start from the month you arrive in British Columbia plus two months to cover the BC MSP waiting period, or cover the full duration of your program of studies if you are a one-term student.
If your arrival plans change, you can request an adjustment of your iMED coverage period. Email DCIS immediately to inform them your plans have changed so your coverage can be cancelled. Once you know your new arrival date, submit an updated iMED arrival date confirmation form online through DCIS website before July 31, 2022. You will receive a new iMED card by email with a new coverage period.
Use the iMED Checklist to stay on track of your iMED enrolment status.
If you will complete your full program online outside of Canada
If you will complete your full program online outside of Canada and will not travel to Canada, you might qualify to opt-out from iMED and have your iMED fees refunded (see information below).
Timeline to apply to opt out from iMED:
Students starting in Winter Term 1 2020 can opt out of iMED:
- One-term programs: December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021
- Eight-month (one academic year) programs: April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021
- Twelve-month programs: June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021
- Thirteen-month or longer programs: December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
Students starting in Winter Term 2 2020 can opt out of iMED:
- One-term programs: April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021
- Eight-month (one academic year) programs: June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021
- Twelve-month programs: December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
- Thirteen-month or longer programs: April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022
Students starting in Summer Session 2021 can opt out of iMED:
- One-term programs: July 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021
- Eight-month (one academic year) programs: December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
- Twelve-month programs: April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022
You will need to fill and submit the UBC iMED Self Declaration Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you will change your program start date
If you defer your program and withdraw from all courses in which you registered for Winter Term 1 before the add/drop deadline, your iMED fees will automatically be removed. When you register in the future, you will automatically be enrolled in iMED again.