MSP coverage relating to COVID-19

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62 , No. 5 , June 2020 , Pages 177 News COVID-19

Patients who are not eligible for coverage under MSP will be provided provincially insured health coverage for services relating to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Services for unrelated conditions that are performed on MSP non-eligible patients will remain uninsured. Physicians and other health care providers are responsible for determining if a patient meets the criteria for coverage. Services related to COVID-19 for non-MSP eligible patients should be billed using the following Personal Health Number (PHN): 9703740703.

Providers may also notice an increase in patients presenting to them with confirmation of coverage letters. These letters have been issued in response to access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on billing this general PHN, contact MSP: Vancouver: 604 456-6950, other areas of BC: (toll-free): 1 866 456-6950.

. MSP coverage relating to COVID-19. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 5, June, 2020, Page(s) 177 - News, COVID-19.



Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

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