New BC Services Card

New BC Services Card

本帖最後由 deusnonest 於 24-12-2012 07:45 編輯

Subject: Important Information About the New BC Services Card - for Health Care Providers

Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:40 AM

Beginning February 15, 2013, the provincial government will introduce the BC Services Card, which will be phased in over a five-year period. The new card replaces the CareCard, can be combined with the driver’s licence and also serves as government-issued identification. All BC Services Cards will have an expiry date, enhanced security features and most will have a photograph, which will help to improve patient safety and reduce card misuse.

The BC Services Card will be delivered as an integrated program of the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, the Ministry of Health, and the Insurance Corporation of BC. In the future, we anticipate that additional in-person and online government programs and services will be accessed through the BC Services Card.

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that the Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the first program available through the new card. With this change, and beginning February 15, 2013, there will be a new requirement for most adult BC residents to renew their enrolment in MSP by 2018. Once enrolment has been successfully renewed, individuals can be issued a BC Services Card.

New regulations will also come into effect for health care providers, including the duty to verify patients’ enrolment in MSP and the duty to report MSP misuse. For information on these requirements and more, please visit:, where you will find the following resources:

A BC Services Card ID fact sheet for health care providers with images of the card;
A set of questions and answers;
A multimedia eLearning tool for self serve information on the BC Services Card program; and,
Technical readiness information for those who use, or plan to use, a card reading device to capture information from the magnetic stripe or 2D barcode on the CareCard and BC Services Card.

In January 2013, a public communications campaign will be launched to inform BC residents about the BC Services Card and the changes to MSP. Kits with posters, brochures and other communications materials will be delivered to health providers and other locations in communities across the province. Your office will receive one of these kits along with an order form for additional materials, which will be available at no charge.

In addition, the Ministry and Health and our partners have been engaging with stakeholders to inform them about the upcoming launch of the BC Services Card. These important meetings and presentations will continue through the initial phase of the launch.

As an important partner in the health care system, we require your assistance in distributing this information. Please forward this message to your staff.

If you would like more general information, please visit: or by telephone 1-800-663-7867 (604 660-2421 in Metro Vancouver and 250 387-6121 in Victoria).

Thank you for your support during the transition to the new BC Services Card.   


Graham Whitmarsh
Deputy Minister
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  • Orlson

1# deusnonest

Thanks for posting.
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