New BC Services Card replaces CareCard

Staff writer
February 19, 2013 01:00 AM

British Columbians can now replace their CareCard with the new BC Services Card.

"This new card will be a secure piece of photo identification with many anti-fraud and security features including secure design, an expiry date and enhanced features which will help to protect citizens' personal information," said Health Minister

Margaret MacDiarmid in making the announcement Feb. 15.

Most adults will need to re-enrol in the Medical Services Plan over the next five years. The easiest way for British Columbians to enrol is to do so when renewing their driver's licence and opt for the combined card that includes both a driver's licence and BC Services Card. People who do not drive can still enrol at the nearest location where driver's licences are issued.

The current CareCard was introduced in 1989 and has not been significantly updated the last 20 years. The new BC Services Card takes advantage of significant advances in technology, to provide a secure piece of photo identification with enhanced features to protect citizens' personal information. The new card features a photograph of the beneficiary, secure design and an expiry date.

Once a person enrols, they will be mailed a new BC Services Card, and will need to re-enrol and get a new card every five years. Children and certain groups of adults, such as the elderly or those in residential care or extended hospital care - for whom renewed enrollment would be impractical or present a hardship - will be exempt from re-enrolling or managed through special arrangements.

The BC Services Card also provides the foundation for supporting the potential future development of more convenient access for citizens to new online government services.

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