Ontario Government Health Programs and Services

Ontario Government Health Programs and Services
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Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care offers different health and long-term care programs and services:


Services are available for you if you need help to deal with an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction

Assistive Devices

This program provides financial assistance to Ontario residents with long-term physical disabilities to help them get equipment and supplies they need for independent living

Bariatric Services

Information about the Bariatric Registry and the Ontario Bariatric Network

Children’s Health

Information on government programs to help improve the health and wellbeing of children

Ontario’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

The colorectal cancer screening program will increase access to screening for Ontarian’s aged 50 years and older with an easy-to-use at home screening kit called the fecal occult blood test (FOBT)

Drug System Reforms

Fair drug prices benefit all Ontarians

Ontario Public Drug Programs

Information on programs that financially assist Ontario residents to obtain prescription medications

Emergency Health Services

This branch directs the provision of land and air ambulance services across Ontario

Emergency Management Unit

The Emergency Management Unit (EMU) ensures a state of readiness for an emergency of any sort that has health implications (for example, a power outage, a biological accident, or contaminated water supply). Information is available on infectious diseases, emergency planning and preparedness.

French Language Health Services

This office ensures that services in the Ontario health system are available in French whenever needed.

Health Care Professionals: Regulation

All regulated health professions have governing colleges that set the standard for skills, knowledge and behaviour for their members. You can contact these colleges to find a health care professional or to make a complaint about care that you received.

Health Care Provider Access to Drug Claims History

The ministry is now beginning to provide more health care providers with access to the drug claims history of ODB recipients for the purpose of providing health care. Participating health care providers may only access your drug claims history for the purpose of providing care to you. Health care providers are required by law to protect the privacy of your personal health information.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Healthy Smiles Ontario is a new program for kids 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage.


Hepatitis is a viral infection that is carried in the blood and can cause severe damage to the liver.


Information about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that attacks certain cells in the immune system and causes a number of symptoms and illnesses, including AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV disease


Three new publicly funded vaccines have been added to the recommended schedule of routine childhood immunizations: vaccines for chicken pox, meningococcal meningitis and pneumococcal disease.

Independent Health Facilities

The Independent Health Facilities Program licenses, funds and coordinates quality assurance assessments of community-based non-hospital facilities in Ontario that provide insured diagnostic services (ultrasound, x-ray, pulmonary function, nuclear medicine and sleep studies) and/or insured surgical/treatment services (e.g., cataract surgery, dialysis, plastic surgery).

Influenza Immunization Program

Influenza is a serious and highly contagious infections disease from which we can protect ourselves. The influenza vaccine is once again available free of charge to all Ontario residents and is the single most effective way to avoid getting the flu.


MedsCheck is a new unique program that allows you to schedule an annual discussion with a pharmacist for up to 30 minutes. Think of it as a comprehensive medication review. And it’s free! Just bring your OHIP card.

Mental Health

Information about the programs and services that are available to those with mental illness and their families.


Mumps is a contagious viral illness that can have serious complications in young adults, but it may be prevented by vaccination.

Your Health Care Team – Focus on Nursing

A public education campaign is being launched that focuses on retaining and attracting nurses. The campaign seeks to debunk myths and stereotypes about the nursing profession. At the same time the communication to Ontarians will acknowledge the significant and growing contribution of our nurses in the delivery of health care.

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of medically necessary services for Ontario residents.

Organ and Tissue Donation

Organ donation is the gift of life and hope. Find out more about becoming a donor.

Public Health

Public health focuses on three areas: preventing conditions that may put health at risk, early detection of health problems, and changing peoples and society’s attitudes and practices regarding lifestyle choices.


The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care works with local Public Health Units and the Ministry of Natural Resources to raise awareness of the presence of rabies in the province.

Seniors’ Care: Home, Community and Residential Care Services for Seniors

Care programs provide a variety of health-related services that help to support people at home or in facility-based care.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

Information and procedures for the public

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential telephone service you can call to get health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse, 24 Hours a day, 7 days a Week.

West Nile Virus

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care works with local Public Health Units and Health Canada to monitor the presence of West Nile Virus in the province.

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at 1-866-532-3161

TTY 1-800-387-5559

In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282

Hours of operation: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Information on Ontario government health and long-term care programs and services is available from this page: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/

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