January 1st is bringing a lot of changes for Ontario residents - one of them being the minimum wage increase, but also a new reform on our prescription medication policies for children and youth in the province. Starting on New Year's Day 2018, OHIP+ will come into effect for anyone in Ontario under the age of 25. They'll automatically be enrolled in a new pharmacare program that allows them access to 4,400 different drugs for free.
Medication that will be covered will include asthma inhalers, epi-pens, insulin, drugs to treat depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics and oral contraceptives.
This also means that those who qualify for the program, won't be required to make a copayment or pay a dispensing fee like most other insurance policies do. You literally just walk into a pharmacy with a prescription and walk out with the medication you need.
The only thing required to qualify for the program is an Ontario health card. To find how how to obtain a health card, go here. And for those turning 25 this year, you will automatically be unenrolled from the OHIP+ program on your birthday (hbd to you!).
For students who go to school outside of the province, you can still take advantage of the program by getting a “travel supply” of your medication before leaving Ontario.
To learn more about the program, check out the OHIP+ website.
Source: Government Of Ontario