Learn about OHIP+

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

  1. Visit your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner and get their prescription.
  2. Take their health card OR health card number to any pharmacy in Ontario – you don’t need a separate or special card.
  3. 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

  1. Visit your doctor or nurse practitioner and get your prescription.
  2. Take your health card OR health card number to any pharmacy in Ontario – you don’t need a separate or special card.
  3. 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:

Insurance plans

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:

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