Free insurance?

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52, No. 10, December 2010, Page 530 News

Well… almost. Did you know the Phy­sicians’ Disability Insurance (PDI) program that is administered by the BCMA is 100% paid for by the pro­vincial government? And that it’s available to all nonsalaried physicians who are under age 65, receive fee-for-service, sessional, or nonsalaried service contract income? It’s true. British Columbia is the only province in Canada that has such a program.

What’s the catch? Well, there are two of them. The first is that you must apply for this coverage—it’s not automatic. Proof of good health at the time of application is required by the insurance company. The second is that the premium paid on your behalf by the provincial government is considered a taxable benefit by Canada Revenue Agency. 

This means the T4A that the BCMA issues to you for the premium must be included in your personal tax return as income. Using our 2009 rec­ords, a GP insured under the PDI program with a disability benefit amount of $6100 would have received a T4A in the amount of $2541. Using the highest tax bracket in BC of 43.7%, this GP would have paid $1110 in tax for a monthly disability benefit of $6100.

Benefits in this program begin after 14 days of total or partial disa­bility (or from the first day of hospitalization) and the benefit amount is determined using your prior calendar-year earnings. Want to learn more? Contact our insurance administrators for more information: 

Lorie Lynch: 604 638-2882
1 800 665-2262, extension 2882

Karen Paul: 604 638-2836
1 800 665-2262, extension 2836

—Lori Moffat
BCMA Insurance Manager

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