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Frequently Asked Questions
In general, medically required services cover:
Optometric services not covered by MSP include:
Medical Services Plan (MSP) provides limited or partial coverage for optometric services as a benefit* for the following population groups:
* MSP currently covers:
Doctors of optometry are eligible to set their own fees for services and may bill MSP on behalf of their patients when there is coverage available. Patients are expected to pay the balance, if there is one. In advance of an appointment, the patient should be advised of the expected cost of the services, and whether MSP may cover any or all of it.
The BC Healthy Kids Program helps middle- and low-income families with the costs of basic dental care and prescription eyewear for their children. Eligible clients include dependent children under 19 years of age who receive MSP premium assistance through the Ministry of Health.
In addition, BCDO’s kindergarten vision program, Eye See … Eye Learn®, provides kindergarten students with a comprehensive eye exam fully covered by MSP and, if needed, kindergarten students will receive one free pair of eyeglasses.
For more information on the current benefits provided for optometric services by MSP and the Optometry Payment Schedule, please refer to the Ministry of Health.
If you are a resident of B.C., you must have a health card to show that you are entitled to health care services paid for by MSP.
To ensure the security of your personal information, please do not email inquiries about your account that include personal information such as your Personal Health Number, MSP Account Number, address etc., as a response will not be sent.
Doctors of optometry do more than determine if you see well. Eye exams are a vital part of your overall health.
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