The family of a 17-year-old boy in need of a hip replacement will have to pay to get the kind of prosthetic he needs.

Shai Fraser-Brisco is scheduled for hip-replacement surgery on Tuesday and his mother was told a metal-on-metal hip prosthetic isn’t covered by the B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP). She would have to pay $3,800 in advance if the family chooses the longer-lasting prosthetic over the plastic-on-metal version covered by MSP, Adrian Dix, New Democrat health critic, said yesterday.

If Fraser-Brisco lived in Calgary, the preferred prosthetic would be covered by the Alberta government, said Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley.