International Students Health Services

International Health Insurance

At 小猪视频, it is mandatory for all international students to have health insurance coverage through . guard.me is the number one international health insurer in the world with coverage that provides comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage. Coverage is provided in two plans.

Tier A Plan is mandatory for students without a Nova Scotia Government health insurance (MSI) card and Tier B Plan is for students who have coverage (valid until August 31). The year runs from September 1 to August 31, however, if you are starting university at a different time of the year, the cost of your plan will be pro-rated (while in Canada). Please watch your 小猪视频student email closely for important enrolment information.

Please note: Students on a spring semester plan are not eligible for dental coverage.

International Health Insurance FAQs

Students that have resided in Nova Scotia for 12 consecutive months and have not left the province for more than 30 consecutive days may be eligible for provincial medical insurance known as . An MSI card is available to Nova Scotia residents and provides hospital and physician treatment coverage. However, MSI does not cover services such as prescription drugs, dental, ambulance or repatriation. MSI may not cover you while travelling outside of Nova Scotia or outside of Canada.

Getting your provincial health card

To submit an application and determine your eligibility for MSI, please at 902-496-7008 or 1-800-563-8880 (Toll free in Canada).

Annual renewal of MSI coverage

If you are eligible for provincial medical coverage (MSI),聽you must apply for for it annually聽as your card has an expiry date. You will be asked to prove that you have not left the province for more than 30 consecutive days (in addition to other requirements).

This Government of Nova Scotia-sponsored program is subject to change without notice.

Non-Emergencies

For non-emergencies, students are encouraged to use guard.me’s Mobile Doctor or the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre, which is now located in the MacDonald Residence temporarily and will later return to a permanent home in the renovated Canada Games Complex within 小猪视频campus after construction is completed. It is staffed with a doctor, nurse and physiotherapist and can address minor, non-emergency issues. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Services include:

  • Health counselling and education
  • Medicals (subject to fee)
  • Sexual health education
  • Birth control information and emergency contraception (subject to fee)
  • HIV education and testing (subject to fee)
  • STI education and testing (subject to fee)
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Free condoms
  • Injections (B12, immunizations, Depo Provera, allergy)
  • First Aid
  • Dressing and wound care
  • Blood pressure and glucose monitoring
  • Nursing information
  • Diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of medical conditions.

To make an inquiry or to book an appointment, please call 902-563-1359 or email聽healthservices@cbu.ca.

For other clinics in surrounding areas, please use guard.me鈥檚 .

Emergencies

In the event of emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Department

In Sydney, the Emergency Department is located at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital

1482, George Street

Sydney, NS B1P 1P3

Or call 911

At CBU, we understand that taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. 小猪视频provides support for all students dealing with mental illness, including health conditions that disrupt a persons thoughts, emotions, relationships and daily functioning.听To learn more about mental health resources at CBU, please click here.

小猪视频also offers free and confidential services with Personal Counsellors. Appointments can be made by phone or through email to discuss a variety of issues including anger, parenting, grief, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflict, time management, stress, financial concerns and couples counselling. Appointments are available Monday-Friday including some evenings. To book an appointment, contact the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre at 902-563-1639 or email .

小猪视频also offers , which provides mental health services to all international students. keep.meSAFE is an innovative Student Support Program (SSP) that helps students by promoting early intervention and 24/7 access to mental health support. helps students manage their mental health so they can fully participate in academic life and complete their studies.

is the first support program to use linguistically and culturally matched licensed clinicians, providing students a welcoming place where they are comfortable to seek help.

Mental health and addiction crisis line 1-888-429-8167. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For help finding local resources or to talk with a counselor call 211. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To speak with a registered nurse call 811. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Health forms and information are available at .

International students studying at CBU聽are automatically enrolled in the guard.me international student health insurance plan. This plan will begin on the first day of the month that you are beginning your classes in, or the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive late.

Students traveling to Canada prior to the start of the semester are strongly encouraged to enrol in the . This program will provide the necessary coverage you need from your arrival date until your enrolment date. .

It is mandatory for all 小猪视频students studying in Canada to be enrolled in the guard.me international student health insurance plan.

All international students studying at 小猪视频are required to have health insurance coverage through 颁叠鲍鈥檚 . However, international students who have a Nova Scotia Government health insurance (MSI) card, valid until August 31, have the option to change from the Plan A and remain only in Plan B. Plan B covers items that MSI does not cover. For information on changing to Plan B, please click here.

Note: New international students beginning their studies in January and May are not eligible for Plan B and must remain in Plan A.听

No, students are not eligible to opt-out of 颁叠鲍鈥檚, despite having coverage through an employer.

To learn more about Plan A, please click here. To learn more about Plan B, please click here.

Plan A is mandatory for students without a Nova Scotia government insurance (MSI) card. Students with a Nova Scotia government insurance (MSI) card valid until August 31, may be eligible to change from Plan A to Plan B. For further information, please review your through your account.

Note: New international students beginning their studies in January or May are not eligible for Plan B and must remain in Plan A.听

There are two plans:

Plan A: International students who do not have Nova Scotia Government health insurance () card will be charged a full policy year (September 1, to August 31). This includes coverage for both Plan A and Plan B, including prescription drug coverage, vision care and dental care.

If you do not have MSI, you are enrolled in Plan A. To see the cost associated with Plan A, please login to your Compass Student Account.听

Plan B: International students who have a Nova Scotia Government health insurance () card, valid until August 31, can change from Plan A and remain only in Plan B. Plan B covers an extensive list of services including prescription drugs, vision care and dental care. For more information on changing to Plan B, please click .

To see the cost associated with Plan B,聽please login to your Compass Student Account.听

The international student health insurance fee will automatically be charged to your student account upon, or shortly after, registration.

While the policy year runs from September 1 to August 31, the cost of your plan will be pro-rated (while in Canada) if you start in January or May.

No, 小猪视频does not profit financially from international student health insurance. Every cent of our students’ premium goes into paying for their insurance plan.

Guard.me is the number one international health insurer in the world. In consultation with the 小猪视频Students鈥 Union, staff in the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre and keeping in line with other universities in Atlantic Canada, this plan was the cheapest option for students with the best coverage, including enhanced prescription, vision and dental care.

We are confident that by continuing to work with guard.me our students will be protected should they be faced with an unexpected illness or emergency.

Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health as it includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. There is a significant number of students who use keep.meSAFE on a regular basis. Because of this, it was determined that it would be best to keep this program.

By using keep.meSAFE, students will have access to a counsellor that speaks their language, is from their culture, or has a shared experience. Real-time support is available via telephone and chat. Appointment-based support is available over the phone, via video and in-person.

To learn more about keep.meSAFE, please click .

The international health insurance program does not provide full coverage for pre-existing conditions. The intent of the international health insurance is to cover emergency health conditions that begin after you arrive in Canada and purchase your insurance coverage.

Examples of pre-existing conditions include:

  • Ongoing, previously diagnosed conditions that you will require continued treatment upon departure from your home country.
  • If you become pregnant more than 30 days before you leave your home country, your prenatal care nor delivery will be covered by guard.me.

Please refer to the limitations and exclusions section of your for more information.

Eligibility refers to the expenses that聽qualify for coverage聽under the .

An exclusion is something that聽does not qualify for coverage聽under your plan.

It is strongly recommended that you bring enough medication from your country of origin to provide treatment until you return to your home country.

For students beginning their studies in September, your international student health insurance plan will begin on September 1 or the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive after September 1, until August 31 of the next year.听

Students who begin their studies in January or May are enrolled in the coverage on the first day of the month (January 1 or May 1), or the date you arrive in Canada if you arrive after this date, until August 31 of the same year.听

Family members can be added to your plan for an additional fee and must be registered with within 10 days of receiving your insurance policy. It will be your responsibility to pay guard.me directly for any family members enrolled in the plan.

If you need insurance for your dependent before you can enrol them in the 小猪视频plan or if you missed the deadline to purchase coverage for your dependents on 颁叠鲍鈥檚 guard.me Plan A or Plan B, you may purchase the guard.me Canada emergency plan for your dependents .

For more information, please click or contact an International Student Advisor through your Compass Student Account.

You will receive your policy information in your 小猪视频email after classes begin. You will then be instructed to login and create an account with so you can access your insurance card.

If you haven鈥檛 received the email, try searching your email inbox by typing guard.me in the search bar. Please be sure to also check your 鈥楯unk鈥 mailbox. If you are still having trouble finding it, contact an International Student Advisor through your Compass Student Account immediately.

We strongly encourage you to print a copy of your insurance card and keep it in your wallet or take a picture with your phone so you will have access to it in case of an emergency.

Your insurance card will be in the email you receive from and you can find it at the top of your claim form. Take a picture of it, or print it and keep a copy with you. Insurance card information will not be available from International Students Advisors on demand.

If you have an emergency and have to see a medical professional quickly, you are required to find your insurance card or contact directly.

We strongly encourage students to print out their health insurance card or take a photo of it on their mobile device. If you forget your insurance card, you will be required to pay for the associated costs out of pocket, which can be very expensive. It is important to keep all receipts to to assess your eligibility for coverage.

Students should download the聽 on your mobile device to make submitting receipts easier or they can聽聽to the insurance company for consideration. The insurance company will reimburse them based on the eligibility of the service under the insurance policy.

For minor issues such as cold, flu, headaches or minor injuries, students should visit a clinic.

For emergencies such as a serious accident, injury, broken bones, etc., please visit the nearest emergency room.

While you do not need to make an appointment at a clinic, it is strongly recommended that you contact the clinic by phone before you go to confirm hours of operation.

To avoid long wait times at a clinic, you can also speak to a doctor within minutes from home with the

For a list of clinics, please go to and clink on .

The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre is located on the 小猪视频campus. It is staffed with a doctor, nurse and physiotherapist and can address minor, non-emergency issues.

To make an inquiry or to book an appointment, please call 902-563-1359 or email healthservices@cbu.ca. Other local clinics in the area include:

Sydney Family Practice
196 Kings Road, Sydney
902-567-0010

Lawtons Drugs
196 Bentick St, Sydney
902-539-0078

Glace Bay Walk In Clinic
35 Sterling Road, Glace Bay, NS
902-849-4601

Dr. Virick Walk In Clinic
336 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
902-539 6049

Note: students also have access to telemedicine with the

The closest emergency room with 24/7 access is located at:

Cape Breton Regional Hospital
1482 George Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Other emergency rooms located in the surrounding areas include Glace Bay, North Sydney and New Waterford, however, hours of operation are subject to change.

If you are not able to drive and do not need an ambulance, you can call a taxi and ask for a receipt. You can submit the receipt for assessment of coverage eligibility.听Students should download the聽 on your mobile device to make submitting receipts easier.

If it’s an emergency and you need an ambulance, call 911 and one will be sent to your location immediately.

Ambulance charges are separate from hospital charges, therefore a bill will be sent to you for payment.

Eligible ambulance charges can be submitted to guard.me for reimbursement.

No, you do not need extra insurance to travel outside of the country. Your includes emergency travel coverage up to 30 days worldwide.

The excursion program provides short-term travel up to 30 days worldwide and 15 days to the USA.

Note: neither of these programs cover you while you are in your home country.

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