OHIP Plus: A Quick Guide to the Services for Card Holders

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The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) provides access for the beneficiary to the health care system in Ontario. The eligible individual is recognized through the OHIP card they possess and are able to access different insured health care services. These services include but are not limited to, free medication review for patients taking more than three drugs for chronic illness, diabetic patients, people with mobility disability, and those receiving long-term care in their homes.

In addition to this, the Ontario government also introduced OHIP plus at the turn of year 2018. OHIP Plus is the program providing free medications to patients aged 24 and younger for as long as they have doctor’s prescriptions.

Here are a quick guide to OHIP Plus benefits:

  • Beneficiaries covered

    The OHIP + automatically includes all babies and young people below 24 years old who already possess OHIP cards. They will stop enjoying these benefits upon their 25th birthday. However, they can still qualify for some other forms of financial assistance for their prescribed medications.

    In some cases, beneficiaries are students who go to other provinces outside Ontario to study. Students who have OHIP Plus cards are still covered even in these circumstances, for as long as they meet the following requirements:

    • Beneficiary is still insured with OHIP
    • Beneficiary possesses a valid prescription
    • Beneficiary procures their medications from a pharmacy in Ontario
  • Medications covered

    Approximately 4,400 medicines are covered by the OHIP+ program, which handles all the drugs’ costs. In particular, these drugs belong to the Ontario Drug Benefit program, and include the following, among others:

    • Antibiotics for infections
    • Asthma inhalers
    • Diabetes medications and test strips
    • Medicines for chronic illnesses such as arthritis and epilepsy
    • Anti-depressants and other mental illness medicines
  • Steps to avail the benefits:
    • Patient needs to visit the doctor, health practitioner, or medical care clinic to get their prescription.
    • Patient will then bring their health card to a nearby pharmacy in Ontario.
    • Pharmacy will fill the patient’s prescription without charge.

    A quick note to parents:

    Accompany your child to the doctor or a Walk-In Clinic in Cambridge, Ontario to get their prescription if they’re not yet old enough to do so. Younger children need parent’s supervision in filling their prescriptions as well.

Are you looking for licensed practitioners who can provide you with prescription for your OHIP Plus coverage? Visit us at Firstline Walk-In Clinic, Family Practice & Pharmacy. Our team of doctors and nurses are able to cater to your medical needs on illnesses and injuries and supply you with prescriptions necessary for treatment. With these prescriptions, you can also get your medications at our Pharmacy in Ontario where OHIP Plus eligible patients are provided with their drugs free of charge.

If you’re looking for quality clinics in Cambridge, we’re FIRST on your list. Tell your friends about us and encourage them to also apply for OHIP Plus program.

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