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UOSU Health Plan Explained!

Questions about your uOttawa Student Union health and dental insurance plan? You came to the right place.

What is a health and dental insurance plan?

According to the UOSU, a health and dental plan is “extended health and dental coverage that fills the gaps in provincial health care and other basic health-care programs.” All part-time and full-time uOttawa students and full-time Saint Paul students are covered by the plan unless they choose to opt-out (see below).

What does it cover?

  • Up to $1000 in prescription drugs
  • Up to $1750 in services provided by a psychologist, social worker, counselor, or psychotherapist
  • Up to $500 in services provided by a massage therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, naturopath, osteopath, homeopath, dietician, occupational therapist, acupuncturist, podiatrist, or speech therapist
  • Up to $150 in eye care including exams, glasses, contact lenses, and laser eye surgery
  • Up to $750 in dental care including basic services, wisdom teeth extractions, and some oral surgery
  • Up to $5 000 000 for medical incidents while traveling
  • Up to $1500 for trip cancellations for a medical emergency
  • Up to $5000 for trip interruptions for a medical emergency

Students covered by the UOSU plan also receive discounts from companies like Rexall and Lasik MD.

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Virtual Support: Empower Me and Dialogue

Empower Me is a service that matches students with professionals who help them with support for a wide range of concerns—including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disordered eating, relationships, financial insecurity, nutrition, crisis management, and so much more. This confidential and inclusive service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

This year, UOSU is introducing Dialogue, a program that allows students to connect with doctors and nurses online. The doctors and nurses on Dialogue can help with physical health, mental health, sexual health, prescriptions, lab referrals, and minor emergencies and injuries. You can access Dialogue at https://pages-support.dialogue.co/studentcare/ or download the app for Apple or Android.

Opting Out

If you are already covered by your parent’s plan and are under 25 (21 for part-time students), you can choose to opt-out between now and October 2nd. Your parent’s plan must provide you with greater or equal coverage. How to opt-out: 

1. Visit https://www.studentcare.ca/coveragemanager/main.aspx?locale=en&assocID=36138

2. Fill in your information and provide a screenshot, certificate, or letter that proves your existing coverage

Want to know more?

For more information, visit https://studentcare.ca/rte/en/IHaveAPlan_Ottawa_Home or take a look at the brochure at https://studentcare.ca/RTEContent/Document/EN/Brochure/Current_UOSU.pdf. Wishing you the best of health during these unprecedented times!

Emily wrote and edited for Her Campus and Her Campus at uOttawa from 2020–2022.
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