Student Health and Dental Plan
Full-time, on-campus 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, (or health coverage equal to or greater than that provided by a Saskatchwan health card) in order to make a claim on this extended health coverage.
There are many health and dental benefits covered in your plan including vision and travel coverage. Please review your plan to learn more.
Studentcare Member Services Centre
1-877-795-4428 (toll free)
Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
Health and Dental Plan Office
Room 121, Main Level, Place Riel Student Centre
Opting in to the health and dental plan
The following students are not automatically covered by the Plan:
- Students who are completing internships, practicums, co-op and clinical placements in Fall Term 1.
- New students starting classes in January.
- Students taking classes at off-campus sites.
To enrol yourself, your spouse and/or dependants for health and dental coverage, please visit ihaveaplan.ca. Deadlines for self enrolment are listed on this website.
In September you may enroll your spouse or children in the student health and/or dental plans by paying an additional family coverage fee.
Opting out - Covered by another plan
If you are covered by another extended health and/or dental plan (i.e. a parent’s or spouse’s employee plan), you can combine both plans to maximize your overall coverage and reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs.
Alternatively, if you have other equivalent coverage, you can opt out of the health portion, the dental portion, or the plan in its entirety during the change-of-coverage period (usually in September). You will receive a credit to your student account for the amount of the plan. Students can only opt out of the plans upon showing proof of equivalent coverage. Opt outs must be completed online at the website www.ihaveaplan.ca in September.
First Nations and Inuit students
To maximize your coverage, First Nations and Inuit students who are covered by Non-Insured Health Benefits (HIHB) from Health Canada, can sign up for the student health plan to receive additional health coverage. This additional coverage can be helpful for health, prescription, vision and dental care costs not covered by NIHB.
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 for 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.