In Ontario, every permanent resident is entitled to access emergency and preventive care under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) free of charge. Every physician practising in the province is a participating doctor. The medical services provided by the doctor are billed through OHIP to the government. OHIP does not generally cover prescription drugs outside of hospitals or dental care. However, the Ontario Drug Benefit program pays for prescription drugs for seniors covered by OHIP and the Trillium Drug Program covers households with high prescription drug costs. As of January 1, 2018, prescription drugs for those under 25 years of age are covered by OHIP through OHIP+.
Starting from May 1, 2018, Ontario has made it possible to renew OHIP cards online at ServiceOntario.ca/RenewCards.
There is no fee to renew a health card either online or in-person.
To renew a health card online, people in Ontario need:
- A valid driver’s licence to verify identity as a security measure
- To have lived at the same address at least 90 days prior to renewing
- To keep all other personal details the same
Individuals can still choose to renew their health card in-person at nearly 300 ServiceOntario centres located across Ontario. Many are open on weekends and evenings and some allow you to skip the line by making an appointment.
Modernizing the way Ontario delivers services is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2.5 to kindergarten.
- There is no fee to renew a health card. Regular fees apply to renew your driver’s licence, and are the same both online and in-person.
- If your identity cannot be verified online, you will need to renew your health card in-person.
- If you need a photo for your health card or driver’s licence, renewing both at the same time in-person will improve your chances of being able to renew both online the next time around.
May 1, 2018, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services