Insurance, Medical & Dental

We make it easy to take care

It’s easy to neglect your health when you’re busy with new classes, a social life, and a packed study schedule. At Saint Mary’s, we offer mandatory Extended Health and Dental Insurance to all full-time students, starting on September 1st each year. We also offer comprehensive Medical Insurance to all International Students who begin their studies in the Fall, Winter or Spring/Summer terms. 


Extended Health: Our comprehensive health plan includes partial coverage for prescription drugs, vision, psychology (counselling), medical equipment, ambulance, and paramedical, and practitioners like chiropractors and psychologists and travel coverage for up to 365 days.

Dental: We cover a wide range of basic dental services, including exams, x-rays, cleanings, scaling and root planing, extractions, and anesthesia.

International Medical : Our comprehensive international student health plan includes coverage for emergency medical care such as doctors’ visits, x-rays, lab tests such as blood work, surgery, vaccines, ambulance, and travel coverage. Please review your policy wording.

For benefit information and assistance, please contact:

SMUSA Health Plan Office
5th Floor, Student Centre

CANADIAN STUDENTS: Please bring your up-to-date provincial health card and validated student ID to each office visit. If you do not have a health card or if your health card has expired, you will be required to pay for your office visit.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please bring your SMUSA International Health Plan card and validated student ID to each office visit. If you have signed a waiver to opt out of the SMUSA International Health Plan, you will be required to pay for your office visit and submit your receipt for payment to your medical insurer unless you have an up-to-date Nova Scotia Medical Insurance card (MSI).

Please note: All coverage is limited to eligible providers, products, and services. Maximums and co-insurance limitations may apply. Find out more about health and dental insurance at Saint Mary’s.


Waivers – Note that if you have your own alternative Health Plan, you may have to pay cash for an office visit. This does not apply to Canadian Students with a Provincial Health Care Plan.

Services Offered:

  • Women's Health clinic (pelvic and breast exam, Pap smears, pregnancy testing, etc).
  • Allergy injections
  • Referrals to specialists in all fields
  • Physical Examinations for overseas
  • Travel, job applications, sports teams, etc.
  • Chronic conditions
  • Contraception, education, counselling
  • STD testing, treatment, information and follow up prenatal visits
  • Limited minor surgical procedures
  • Follow-up care from emergency room (i.e.: dressing changes)
  • Local immunization advice and vaccines
  • Laboratory testing - Blood Work: Effective immediately there is a $5 charge for all blood work taken in the Student Health Centre. For FREE service you can go to the Bayers Road blood collection clinic located at 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 141 and you can call 902.454.1661 for more information.
  • Anonymous AIDS/HIV testing
  • Basic Medications
  • Health Education programs: nutrition counselling,
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Mole removal
  • Pamphlet information on a wide variety of medical conditions
  • Suture removals
  • Alternative medicine information
  • Emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill)
  • Pregnancy tests

Please Note: A few of these services are not covered by provincial or international health care, e.g. T.B. tests, physicals for athletic teams, driver's license, 3rd parties including employment, insurance applications, etc. Please check regarding payment coverage when booking appointments.

Sexual Violence Support

If you have experienced sexual violence, or for information about university sexual violence supports visit our Sexual Violence Support webpage.

Important telephone numbers

Ambulance: 911
QEII Emergency: 902-473-2043
Poison control: 902-428-8111
Health Services Nurse: 902-496-8778
SANE Helpline: 902-425-0122

If you have any questions, comments or general inquiries, we can also be reached by e-mail


If you have any questions, comments or general inquiries, we can be reached by e-mail at the following addresses:

An IMPORTANT message from Saint Mary's Student Health office:

A reminder to all students who have Medical Records at Saint Mary’s University Student Health - PLEASE make sure that you sign a waiver and obtain a copy of your Medical Records BEFORE you leave the province/country. This is a free service, but if you request to have a copy of your chart sent to your home province/country YOU will be charged a fee for obtaining the chart from confidential storage as well as any courier charges for sending it to you. Also, it is IMPORTANT for you to keep your own personal record of the vaccinations you and your child received at Saint Mary’s University Student Health.


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