Using your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)

Written by Monica Xiao

Becoming a student at York University means that you are automatically enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). With UHIP, you can visit the doctor and get medical services, so ensure you’re getting the most out of it. Learn the ins and outs of UHIP at the beginning of the school year to prepare yourself for potential emergencies and enjoy a worry-free university experience in Canada. 

Get your UHIP card

Once you have enrolled in courses, you’ll receive instructions on accessing your UHIP card in your inbox. Print your UHIP card and keep it in your wallet or somewhere easily accessible. You can use the campus printing services. 

Know the healthcare providers

While you may not have a choice in an emergency, knowing the healthcare providers, like hospitals and clinics, closest to you can be a time-saver when you go for regular checkups. When you visit a healthcare provider, show them your UHIP card to use your health plan. 

If you haven’t quite figured out your way around Toronto yet, you don’t need to compromise your health. Take advantage of virtual appointments with professionals where available. 

Note: UHIP is only for the consultation and lab tests referred by the doctor. Doctor’s notes and prescribed medications are not covered by UHIP.

Get support from York International

There are many details about what is and is not covered under UHIP, so always consult an expert when you’re unsure. If you have questions about UHIP, York International is here to help! Here’s how to get support:

UHIP and the Extended Health Plan

UHIP covers basic medical costs like doctor’s visits, emergencies and lab tests. As a York student, you will also be automatically enrolled in the Extended Health Plan through the York Federation of Students (YFS). The Extended Health Plan covers a portion of your prescription medications, dental, prescription glasses and more.

I know this can get confusing and it’s tricky to remember the difference between the two, so here’s an infographic that outlines the coverage of both plans. Take advantage of both plans to make the most out of your health care coverage.

Note: The new UHIP insurance provider is COWAN Manulife. You can contact them from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1-833-377-8447 or email them at

Pro tip: The YFS Health Plan webpage is your go-to place to get information about the Extended Health Plan.