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As of January 1, 2018, the province of Ontario provides prescription medications at no cost for everyone under 25. After talking about it with friends for the past few weeks a lot of questions have come up, so here are the most common ones and the answers from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

OHIP+ helps many families have access to prescriptions at no cost; there is no co-payment or annual deductible, or upfront costs. Children and youth have access to over 4,400 prescription drug covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit program.   

 

 

 

 

 

What you need to know

  • It’s free - enrollment in OHIP+ is automatic  for anyone under 25 with a valid Ontario health card number. 
  • It’s easy - just bring your child’s health card number and a valid prescription for an eligible medication from a doctor or nurse practitioner to an Ontario  pharmacy. 
  • It’s accessible - over 4,400 drug products are covered and you can use the helpful online search tool (www.Ontario.ca/RXchecker) to find out if your prescription is available through OHIP+. 
  • It’s a first - Ontario is the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for anyone under 25. 

I chatted with Taylor Kaye about OHIP+, watch the Facebook video, or listen to our podcast or visit www.ontario.ca/ohipPlus for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What is OHIP+? 

A: On January 1, 2018, the province of Ontario introduced OHIP+ which provides prescription medications at no cost for anyone under 25, regardless of family income. Under OHIP+, over four million Ontario children and youth will have access to over 4,400 drug products helping many families get medications their children need to stay healthy at no cost, with no co-payment or annual deductible. Enrollment in OHIP+ is automatic based on age and a valid OHIP number, and you just need a valid prescription from a doctor or nurse practitioner and a health card number when you visit the Ontario pharmacy. 

 

Q: What drugs are covered?

  • A: Parents of kids with asthma, who need, epinephrine Auto-Injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)

and who need ADHD drugs will be glad to hear that they are covered. That’s not all, there are more than 4,4000 prescriptions drug products covered under OHIP+. Some examples include: 

  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • Drugs to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions
  • Medications to treat mental health conditions (e.g. antidepressants)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs

Q: How can I find out what drugs are covered? 

A: It is super easy to check which drugs are covered, the province has launched a mobile-friendly tool that lets Ontarians quickly search through a list of more than 4,400 publicly funded medications and other drug products. Through the new digital tool (www.Ontario.ca/RXchecker) you can search by brand or generic name, ingredient, or Drug Identification Number (DIN). 

 

Q: Who benefits from OHIP+? 

A: The most exciting thing about OHIP+ is the number of children and young adults under 25 it will help, over four million! As an entrepreneur and mom of four kids under 25, it is comforting to know that my kids don't need to worry about coverage as they go through different life stages as students or young adults starting their first job.  This will help many Ontario families access medications their children need to stay healthy at no cost – no co-payment or annual deductible. 

This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.

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