BC international student health fee looks to address health care gap

August 7, 2019

Last Thursday, British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix announced a new $75 monthly health care fee for all international students studying in the province. The Prince George Citizen reports that the fee may “shore up a glaring deficiency in government oversight” that caused as many as 40,000 international students to be not enrolled in the province’s public health care system in 2018. Michael Olson, executive director of the Canadian Federation of Students BC, said that the main reason for the gap is a lack of oversight or follow-up from either institutions or the provincial government, adding that institutions’ extended health care programs often mislead international students into believing they are fully covered. Prince George Citizen (BC )