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 have been using the new OHIP+, introduced by the Government of Ontario on January 1, 2018, and I have to tell you that it has put my mind at ease and also helped to alleviate a lot of stress for my family.
If you haven’t had to use it yet (which isn’t a bad thing as it means your kids haven’t been sick) then let me tell you that it’s such a simple process. Children and youth under 25 are covered. All you do is take your prescription for an eligible medication to any Ontario pharmacy and give it to the pharmacist with your child’s health card number and that’s it!
I have two kids that must take medications monthly and the cost before the start of OHIP+ although not a huge amount, did eat into our monthly budget as we have no coverage. I can only imagine that I am not the only one that is extremely happy about OHIP+.
For many low-income families, families that have no coverage through their jobs or have limited coverage, and youth under 25 that are no longer covered on their parents’ plan because of age or student status, OHIP+ is a wonderful thing. It’s important to note that you do not need to enroll for OHIP+, coverage is automatic as long as you have valid OHIP coverage and are of age, you are covered for over 4,400 drug products currently on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary. Just show your health card number and prescription at an Ontario pharmacy and you are good to go!
This is a great first step to a universal pharmacare program for all Ontarians. For families like mine with no coverage, OHIP+ means not having to worry about paying for a prescription when your child is ill.
For more information and to get all the facts, head over to Ontario.ca/OHIPPlus.