Starting January 1, 2018, more than 4,400 drug products will be free for anyone age 24 years or younger with a valid Health Card. All babies, children and youth age 24 years and under who have OHIP coverage will be automatically covered by OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. You do not have to enrol or register to access OHIP+ — coverage is automatic and will stop on your 25th birthday.
What medications will be covered:
OHIP+ will completely cover the cost of more than 4,400 drug products that are currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit program, including:
- antibiotics to treat infections
- inhalers for asthma
- various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
- epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g. EPIPENs®)
- drugs to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions
- medications to treat mental health conditions (e.g. antidepressants)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs
- drugs to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions
Medications available through the Exceptional Access Program may also be covered if an individual qualifies.
How to get your medication:
If you’re a parent
- Visit your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner and get their prescription.
- Take their health card OR health card number to any pharmacy in Ontario – you don’t need a separate or special card.
- The pharmacy will fill their prescription at no charge – you don’t pay a dispensing fee, deductible or co-payment.
If you’re 24 years old or under
- Visit your doctor or nurse practitioner and get your prescription.
- Take your health card OR health card number to any pharmacy in Ontario – you don’t need a separate or special card.
- The pharmacy will fill your prescription at no charge – you don’t pay a dispensing fee, deductible or co-payment.
How OHIP+ affects other coverage:
If you have a child eligible for OHIP+, as of January 1, 2018, OHIP+ will be the first payer for eligible drug products.
Trillium Drug Program members
If your child is age 24 or under and a member of a Trillium Drug Program household, as of January 1, 2018 they will be covered through OHIP+. This means, because you don’t pay out-of-pocket for their medications, no money from those medications will count toward your deductible. For more information: