Her peer, Ana Maria Franco, added that avoiding the financial hardship isn’t an option.
“We cannot be without it. So if we ever feel bad or have to go to the hospital it’s so expensive and we have to have MSP.” – Ana Maria Franco, BCIT Television and Video Production student from Brazil
Franco’s concern rings true as all international students in B.C. are required to pay MSP premiums. In contrast, Ontario and Quebec, which receive the highest number of international students in Canada, require that they get private coverage. In B.C., international students have been contributing to MSP for 28 years to date. Since 1992, they have been covered by the health care system and required to contribute to it financially. Though the recent increase has sparked controversy, Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a press release earlier this year that international students’ contribution to health care maintains their eligibility to receive coverage.