Ontario’s Liberal government has made the biggest improvement in medicare coverage in a decade, moving closer to the longer-term goal of pharmacare for all Ontarians. Four million young Ontarians now have no-cost access to more than 4,400 medications reimbursed under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. This includes medications listed under the Exceptional Access Program. Since January 1st of this year, more than one million children and youth already benefitted from OHIP+.
The coverage includes medications that treat conditions like diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, ADHD, ear infections and HIV, as well as drugs which treat cancer and rare diseases like juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA). Imagine the reduced stress on single-parent and low-income families who now no longer have to face the terrible choice of either filling their children’s prescriptions or putting food on the table.
As of August 1, 2019, OHIP+ will be available free of charge to everyone 65 and over, with no co-payment and no deductible. This expansion will make life more affordable for 2.6 million seniors and their families, and provide prescription drug coverage to nearly half of all Ontarians.