Adding Baby to Benefits

When a child is born in British Columbia, the hospital will provide the parent with a Baby Enrollment Form to enroll the child with MSP. If you are a beneficiary of MSP and need to enroll a newborn, but do not have a Baby Enrollment Form, you can obtain one here. Under the Medicare Protection Act, enrollment with MSP is mandatory for all eligible residents and their dependents.

    MSP (Medical Services Plan) Provides:

  • Medically required services provided by a physician enrolled with MSP;
  • Maternity care provided by a physician or a midwife (see the BC Midwifery Program);
  • Medically required eye examinations provided by an ophthalmologist or optometrist; diagnostic services, including x-rays and laboratory services, provided at approved diagnostic facilities, when ordered by a registered physician, midwife, podiatrist, dental surgeon or oral surgeon;
  • Dental and oral surgery, when medically required to be performed in hospital; orthodontic services related to severe congenital facial abnormalities.

If you pay your own premiums, or if the premiums are paid by Health Canada, send the form to the MSP address on the form. If your premiums are to be paid by the Ministry of Human Resources, take the form to your social worker. If premiums are paid through your place of work or union welfare plan, take the form to your group administration for authorization.

A British Columbia Care Card for your baby will be sent to you six to eight weeks after the MSP office receives the completed form. In the first 60 days after birth, your baby will get medical care using your medical number.