Free Prescriptions For Babies, Children And Youth With OHIP+

OHIP+ is coming to Ontario on January 1, 2018!

Earlier this year, the Ontario Government announced a new benefit program to provide more than 4400 medications free for anyone age 24 years or younger. This new benefit program is called OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.

How does the new OHIP+ benefit work?

  • All babies, children and youth age 24 years and under will be automatically covered by OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare, providing they already have OHIP coverage.
  • There is no additional enrolment to access OHIP+ coverage is automatic for eligible babies, children and youth.
  • OHIP+ coverage will stop on your 25th birthday.

Which medications will be covered?

More than 4400 drug products will be provided for free. Some of the free medications that will be available through OHIP+ include:

EPIPEN (epinephrine auto-injectors); medications to treat arthritis, epilepsy and other chronic conditions; various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips; inhalers for asthma; medications to treat some childhood cancers and other rare conditions; ADHD medication, medications to treat mental health conditions and more.

Most of the eligible medications are for treating acute conditions, common chronic conditions, childhood cancers and other diseases. To find out if a medication is covered, check the Ontario Drug Benefit coverage directory.

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