Disclosure: The post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.
One of the hardest things that I have had to deal with as a parent is when my kids get sick. Adding to that already stressful situation is not having benefits to pay for prescriptions. We have not had benefits for about 2 years here as my husband’s position did not include them and there is nothing like adding more worry to an already stressful situation knowing that a medication could be costly and coming out of an already tight budget. I also know that most parents don’t necessarily budget for things like medical expenses and they can definitely add up, especially for me with 5 children.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I live in Canada and more specifically Ontario as we have such a wonderful health care system. Although sometimes we can wait for appointments, it’s offset by the fact that I don’t have to pay out of pocket for trips to the doctor or hospital. Now, starting January 1, 2018, I will no longer have to worry about getting my children the medication that they will need – and neither will any family with children or youth under 25 in Ontario.
Beginning January 1st, children and youth under 25 in Ontario who have OHIP coverage, will have more than 4,400 prescription drug products currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit program covered under OHIP+. This resource will support the almost 4 million children in Ontario making it the first province to cover prescription medication for children and youth under 25. Examples of common drug products that will be covered by OHIP+ include:
- Antibiotics to treat infections
- Inhalers for asthma
- Various insulins, oral diabetic medications, and diabetes test strips
- Epilepsy drugs
- Medications to treat mental health conditions
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs
- Drugs to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions
OHIP+ will make all parents’ lives in Ontario easier and this program covers anyone under 25 regardless of income. An all-inclusive program that will finally have many parents, myself included, breathing a sigh of relief knowing that we can get the prescriptions our children need without having to worry because we don’t have an insurance plan or the extra money to buy it. This will be especially helpful with my daughter and one son having a prescription we fill monthly and also for my youngest who takes puffers. Not having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses including deductibles make this a great resource for every child and youth under 25 in Ontario covered by OHIP. Enrollment for OHIP+ is automatic, just take your valid health card number and prescription to an Ontario pharmacy to get it filled at no charge.
I am so grateful for OHIP+ and I can’t wait for it to start. For me, it’s just another way Ontario is taking care of me and my family.
You can learn more about OHIP+ and all the information you need by visiting: www.Ontario.ca/OHIPplus