Disclosure: The post for OHIP+ was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.
I hope that many of you by now have heard about the new OHIP+ which is being implemented today, by the Ontario government. OHIP+ is going to be such a game changer for all parents with children under 25 in Ontario.
If you haven’t, then listen up because I have got some great information for all my Ontario readers about this program and what it means for families in this province. One thing I have always loved about Canada and Ontario, in particular, has been our universal health care. When I was with my ex-husband, I never had to worry about prescriptions or medical benefits because he had them through his work. When I got re-married, I didn’t have to worry then either because I was working and had benefits before I got pregnant with my fourth child. I have had to worry the last few years though as my ex-husband lost his job so my older 3 weren’t covered anymore, I stopped working to stay home with my last two babies and my husband, although he had a decent job, did not have benefits with his company.
I have two children that require medications on a regular basis and one of them is pretty costly. Having to add these costs to an already tight budget has been difficult, but you know as parents, we always do what we need to do to make sure our children get what they need. I have always thought that a universal pharmacare program would be wonderful and something that could benefit Ontarians. The creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare in Ontario represents the first step in achieving the goal of universal pharmacare for all. Starting today, all Ontario children under the age of 25 with valid OHIP coverage will be covered for over 4,400 drugs currently covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.
Ontario is the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth under 25, helping more people afford the medications that they need to stay healthy. Some common prescription drugs covered include antibiotics to treat infections, inhalers for asthma or epilepsy or anxiety drugs. Not sure if your child’s medication will be covered? They have a new search tool that will help you quickly and easily search through the list of more than 4,400 products to see if it is covered.
Enrollment in the program is automatic and has no co-payment or deductible. Eligible prescriptions will be filled free of charge at any Ontario pharmacy with a valid Ontario health card or health card number. For more information about OHIP+ and all the facts you need to know, visit Ontario.ca/OHIPplus.
I can’t wait to see how the program will work and I will be bringing you more information on how it works when I use it this month and giving you my thoughts on the process and how I am feeling about the ease of use. This is a huge win for Ontario children and young adults, and I am so grateful that my province is leading the way and being the first Canadian province to offer universal pharmacare for all children under 25.
How will this help your family?