Welcome to the Student Benefits System

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Effective January 1, 2018, the USC Student Health Plan will be enhanced by including the following coverage:

1) $150 towards the purchase of prescription glasses every 24 months
2) Psychologist benefit limit increase to $750 (previous limit $500).


As of January 1, 2018, the Ontario Government is changing the coverage to OHIP to include prescription drugs for those students age 24 and under. This change allows the USC to further enhance the coverage to the student plan.

OHIP+ will cover all drugs currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. This includes more than 4,400 drug products listed on the ODB Formulary/Comparative Drug Index and additional drugs eligible for funding through the Exceptional Access Program (EAP). Patients can use the medication coverage checker to check if a drug is covered under ODB. If a drug is not available through the ODB program, it will not be covered through OHIP+.

Examples of common drug products used by children and youth, which are covered through the ODB program, include:
  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • Antidepressants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Epilepsy drugs
  • Medications to treat mental health conditions
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs
  • Some drugs to treat childhood cancers and other rare conditions

Here is a list of commonly asked questions:

1. Can I opt-out of the USC Student Health Plan?

No. The student health plan is a universal program that depends on the participation of all eligible undergraduate students.

2. Are international students eligible for OHIP+?

No. The program is for permanent residents of Ontario only. International students continue to be eligible for the USC Health and Dental plans.

3. How do I use OHIP+?

Go to the pharmacy as normal~~if you have an Ontario Health card, present it to the pharmacy. They will process this way initially. If the medication you need is not covered by OHIP+, they will then proceed to submit for coverage via the USC Health Plan or your private health insurance (if applicable).

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your on campus Health & Dental plan administrator for further assistance.

Nina Joyce
[email protected]
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