Student Health and Dental Plan
Full-time students automatically pay for a health and dental plan provided through their student association (the USSU for undergraduate students and the GSA for graduate students). You must have a Saskatchewan health card in order to make a claim on this extended health coverage.
You may enroll your spouse or children (under 21 years of age, or 25 if they are still attending school) in the student health and/or dental plans by paying an additional family coverage fee.
If you are already covered by another extended health and/or dental plan you may opt out of the health plan, the dental plan, or both (and receive a credit to your student account). Students can only opt out of the Health Plan upon showing proof of equivalent health coverage. Similarly, students can only opt out of the Dental Plan with proof of other equivalent dental coverage. Opt outs must be completed online at the website www.ihaveaplan.ca at the beginning of September.
First Nations students
If you are a First Nations student receiving post-secondary support from your band, you need to opt-out. This needs to be done before the end of September. During the process you will need to scan and submit a copy of the front of your status card to opt out. This can be done online, or in-person at the Health and Dental Plan Office located in upper Place Riel. Make sure to check your emails to ensure that your opt out submission has been accepted.
Accessing Health Care
Public Health Care
Health care in Canada is available for all Canadians, permanent residents and international students who have a provincial or territorial health card.
What do you have access to if you have a provincial or territorial health card?
No cost to you
- Appointments with a family doctor or specialist physician.
- Walk in clinic health care
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospital treatment if your doctor recommends it
- Maternity care
- Investigations ordered by physician
You will need to pay for
- Prescription medication
- Ambulance service (about $350.00)
- Dental care provided by a dentist
- Eye tests and glasses or lenses
- Some vaccinations
- Services like massage therapy, chiropractor or physical therapy
- Cosmetic surgeries/procedures
- Complementary health (traditional Chinese medicine, holistic natural path)
- Medical appliances/devices
Saskatchewan Health Cards
If you have moved from another province and you are staying in Saskatchewan for more than 90 days, apply the health insurance as soon as possible. During these 90 days (3 months) your previous province should cover your health care expenses. If not, you should purchase private insurance for those days, to prevent any medical costs.
International and exchange students
Apply for Your Saskatchewan Health Card
Eligibility requirements for you:
- have a valid study permit
- provide proof of a registered, full-time status at the University Of Saskatchewan
- have a Saskatchewan residence address
Eligibility requirements for your spouse and children:
- be living with you at a Saskatchewan residence
- have immigration documents allowing them to stay longer than six months (visitor record)
- proof of living at a Saskatchewan residence
Include with your application copies of the following documents for you and each family member (if applicable): (see acceptable documents listed on application)
- ONE immigration document (study permit, permanent resident card, Canadian Immigration identification Card, etc.)
- ONE proof of Saskatchewan residency (lease agreement, utility bill, etc.)
- Confirmation of Enrolment letter
- Copy of photo page of passport
Contact Saskatchewan Health Registries for more information about health coverage and application processes.
If your program is under 6 months and you have not applied for a study permit, you should apply for health insurance in your home country prior to you leaving for Canada.
It is advised that you try to get a study permit even if your program is under 6 months. You can apply for a study permit at the Canadian embassy or consulate in your country and include a letter that explains why you are applying. The letter will inform the visa officer that you understand your options.
You must have a study permit when you apply for a health card. If your duration of your stay is less than 6 months, you might not have one. To avoid expensive medical expenses, travel insurance from the country you are traveling from is recommended.