Health Insurance for International Students
If you are an International Student in either an undergraduate or graduate program at Wilfrid Laurier University you are covered by two health insurance plans.
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
The first plan is the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) that covers your medical needs equal to the coverage offered by the provincial health plan available to Ontario residents. This plans covers costs and services associated with hospital and doctor visits. The insurance plan is intended to ensure that students receive basic health care coverage while studying in the province. UHIP is a mandatory health plan for all international non-residents studying or working at a participating university or affiliated college in Ontario. Since health care is required in Ontario, those students not covered by OHIP or an alternatively accepted plan must register for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) while studying at a Canadian university. The UHIP insurer is Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.
General Information on UHIP: http://www.uhip.ca
For more specific information regarding the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) as it relates to Wilfrid Laurier University students please use the following links within this webpage:
- UHIP Enrolment
Obtaining Your UHIP Card
- UHIP Charges and Payment
- Enrolment Periods
- UHIP Extensions
- Returning Canadians and OHIP Waiting Period
- UHIP Exemptions
- Dependent Enrolment
- What is Covered?
Supplementary Health and Dental Insurance Plan
The second plan is the Supplementary Health and Dental Insurance Plan, which extends coverage beyond what is covered by UHIP or OHIP. There is no overlap of coverage between
UHIP and supplementary health insurance. Supplementary insurance plans are
separate from UHIP. Supplemental Health and Dental Insurance covers prescriptions, a portion of
dental and medical expenses when prescribed by a doctor, and provides travel
insurance when outside of Ontario and Canada. Students should automatically be enrolled in Supplementary Health and Dental Insurance Plans as part of their tuition and can opt out if they have alternative coverage. For more information, click here.
Accessing Health and Medical Services
Now that you've registered for and explored your coverage you will need to know how to receive health and medical services. In order to find a clinic or doctor near you, to make a claim for reimbursement, or to track and receive payment for claims made you can learn more about accessing health and medical services at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the community here.
For further assistance, please visit the Laurier International office: Waterloo Campus, Arts Building, Room 2A01; Brantford Campus, Dalhousie Centre, Room DC136. Alternatively, you can contact the Sun Life Financial Customer Care Centre at 1-866-500-UHIP (8447). Their multilingual call centre is available any business day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..