COVID-19 Update: Temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan


Updated on: March 25, 2020

Yesterday, the Government of Canada announced temporary changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). These new measures are designed to help you and your eligible dependents access healthcare benefits, minimize social interaction with healthcare professionals, and help maintain our efforts in social distancing.

In summary, these measures include:

  • Extending travel emergency benefits.
  • Relaxing the dispensing limit for maintenance medications and allow the pharmacist to exercise professional discretion whether to dispense the medication sooner.
  • Accepting claims for social workers as mental health professionals.
  • Removing the requirement for a prescription for mental health and physiotherapy services.

These temporary changes will be in effect until April 24, 2020 with the possibility of being extended.

More information on these changes can be found at: Temporary measures: Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP)

For information on travel-related medical emergencies in Canada and the United States, you can call Allianz toll-free at 1-800-667-2883. Those in all other countries should call Allianz collect at 519-742-1342.