Legislation and Governance of the Medical Services Plan

Established in 1965, the Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the publicly funded program that pays for medical and health care services on behalf of residents of B.C. (See Medical and Health Care Benefits.)

MSP is managed by the Medical Services Commission according to the legislative provisions of the Medicare Protection Act and Regulations.


To manage the services and programs of MSP in partnership with medical and health care practitioners and beneficiaries, and in support of the principles of medicare.

MSP strives to:

  • provide equitable access to medical and health care services;
  • ensure all eligible B.C. residents receive medical coverage;
  • ensure delivery of quality services to clients of MSP; and
  • ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.

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