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OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

January 04, 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, anyone 24 years of age or younger living in Ontario has access to more than 4,400 free prescription medicines.  In addition, no co-pay or deductible will be charged.

If you are 24 or younger and have OHIP coverage you are automatically covered by OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.  You don’t have to enroll or register.

OHIP+ coverage will stop on your 25th birthday, but you may qualify for other financial help with prescription drug costs.

OHIP+ completely covers the cost of more than 4,400 drug products that are currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan 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

If you’re a parent and your child needs covered medication:

  1. Visit your child’s doctor or nurse practitioner and a get prescription for your child.
  2. Take your child’s 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 and need a covered medication:

  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.

If you’re going to university or college in another province, your prescriptions may still be covered by OHIP+ if you:

  • remain insured by OHIP
  • have a valid prescription
  • get your medications from a pharmacy in Ontario

To learn more go to:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus