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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ontario Launches New Tool to Check if Prescriptions are Covered with OHIP+

One Month Until 4,400 Drugs will be Free for Everyone Age 24 and Under

With one month to go until 4,400 drugs become free for everyone in Ontario age 24 and under through OHIP+, the province is making it easier to find out what medications will be covered with a new online search tool.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Shoppers Drug Mart to officially launch the new, mobile-friendly tool, which will help people quickly and easily search through a list of more than 4,400 publicly funded medications and other drug products.

With OHIP+, Ontario is the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth age 24 and under, helping more people afford the medications that they need to stay healthy. This includes asthma inhalers, drugs to treat depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics, EpiPens, diabetes test strips, oral contraceptives, medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions, and thousands of others.

Enrollment will be automatic with no co-payment or annual deductible. Eligible prescriptions can be filled free of charge at any Ontario pharmacy -- all that's needed is an Ontario health card or health card number.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • OHIP+ covers prescription medications listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary or approved for funding through the Exceptional Access Program, and prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • Ontario’s public drug programs are already one of the country’s most generous, helping to pay for needed prescription medications for seniors, people with high drug costs and other vulnerable populations.
  • Public consultations provided input into the drug search tool. As more public feedback is received, Ontario will continue to improve and upgrade this search tool.

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