Starting January 1, 2018, all babies, children and youth aged 24 and under who have OHIP coverage will be able to get their prescription medications for free.
Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs.
OHIP+ coverage will stop on your 25th birthday, but you may qualify for other financial help with prescription drug costs (for more information go to https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-coverage-prescription-drugs )
Prescription drugs that 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. This will include medications to treat:
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- infections (e.g. antibiotics)
- diabetes (including test strips)
- reproductive health (e.g. birth control pills)
- some childhood cancers
- some childhood rare diseases
To search for drugs that are covered, visit the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary/Comparative Drug Index. Medications available through the Exceptional Access Program will also be covered if an individual qualifies.
How to get your medication:
- If you’re a parent: Starting January 1, 2018, if you’re a parent of a child or youth aged 24 or under who requires a covered medication, simply show the pharmacist their prescription and their health card or health card number. You will not be charged (nothing to pay out-of-pocket) and there will be no deductibles or co-payments.
- If you are a teen or young adult: Starting January 1, 2018, simply show the pharmacist your prescription and health card or health card number. You will not be charged (nothing to pay out-of-pocket) and there will be no deductibles or co-payments.