Based on benefits data from the CAPS/ACSP’s 2016 National Postdoc Survey, we estimate that of the nearly 10,000 postdocs currently working in Canada:
- ~4,000 postdocs have no drug plan, dental benefits, family coverage, extended health benefits, or vision coverage
- ~5,000 postdocs have no long-term disability or life insurance coverage
This type of support is essential to the health and wellbeing of postdocs and their families, so the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council is looking to implement a national group health/dental insurance plan for all postdocs working in Canada and perhaps even Canadian postdocs working abroad.
Toward that goal, we have developed a survey to gauge the interest and needs of Canadian postdocs with respect to insurance coverage.
Please help us develop the most appropriate single-payer insurance program possible for postdocs by completing this brief questionnaire: CAPS/ACSP Group Insurance Survey
It only takes about 5 min and the results will be used to inform our negotiations with insurance providers. It is our hope to have a plan (or plans) available to postdocs in the next 3-4 months.
The survey will close at midnight (Pacific Time) on July 31st, 2017.
Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.
The CAPS/ACSP Executive Council