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Ryerson student sues over health plan

Says everyone should be able to opt out


A Ryerson University student is taking the students’ union to court to retrieve $290 in compulsory fees allocated towards a student health plan. “I should have the freedom to choose how I take care of my personal health,” engineering student Mark Single, who filed the small claims suit in December, told the Eyeopener.

Similar to student health and dental plans at other universities, Ryerson students are only permitted to opt out if they have alternative coverage with “similar benefits.” Single’s out of province health coverage and desire to cover other expenses out of pocket was declined as reason for opting out. “OHIP covers all the basics, anything beyond that should be up to the students, not shoved down their throats by the student’s union,” he said.

The students’ union is defending the claim. “We plan to respond based on the policy that has been established by our board of directors,” president Toby Whitefield said.

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Ryerson student sues over health plan

  1. This is not new, it happened in 2006 in BC against UBC AMS and the case failed:


    The bigger issue in my mind is not the existence of a Health and Dental plan in and of itself, but instead whether student can confidently say their student union is properly tendering these contracts to ensure a competitive price and quality of service on them.

  2. The case failed to get certification to proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The judge never really tried her claims.

  3. Its very simple, no human being in any situation should be forced to pay for something they do not want or need.

    The student union uses the threat of students being removed from university for non payment.

    This is akin to the mob getting their collection money for their unneeded/unwanted services.

    Its simply wrong, any arguments?