Ontario Focusing OHIP+ Benefits On Those Who Need Them the Most

Published on April 02, 2019

Ontario is moving forward with changes to OHIP+ to ensure people and patients are at the centre of our health care system. These enhancements will dedicate resources to the people who need them the most. 

Starting April 1, 2019, children and youth 24 years of age and under without a private plan will continue receiving eligible drugs through OHIP+ at no cost, while those with private coverage will bill their plans. Individuals with a private plan will access drug coverage as they did before OHIP+ was introduced.

"Our government recognizes the important contributions of private insurers and employers in providing health benefits to families across the province," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "These changes to the program will continue to ensure children and youth receive the prescription drugs they need. We are committed to focusing resources on those who need them the most."

Households with high out-of-pocket prescription drug costs, including children and youth who are covered under a private plan, can apply to the Trillium Drug Program. The program is available to all OHIP-insured Ontarians who have high prescription drug costs compared to their household income.

The government will continue to listen to the people who plan and work on the front lines - including nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other care providers - as it modernizes Ontario's public health care system.

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