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  • January 12, 2018

Prescription Drugs Now Free for Everyone 24 and Under

44,000 Children and Youth in Cambridge and North Dumfries Now Covered for More Than 4,400 Medications Through OHIP+

More than 4,400 prescription medications are now free for everyone 24 and under in Ontario, helping families and young people afford the medications they need to stay healthy.

Kathryn McGarry MPP for Cambridge, was at MacNeil and Dodd Pharmacy in Ayr today to announce as of January 1, 2018, over 44,000 children and youth, 24 and under, in Cambridge and North Dumfries are able to get their prescription medications for free by simply showing their Ontario health card number and a prescription.

With OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare, coverage will be automatic with no upfront costs. The new program will improve access to more than 4,400 medications and other drug products for over four million children and youth across the province.

Ontario made the biggest expansion to medicare in a generation by providing drug coverage to over four million children and youth. More than 350,000 prescriptions have been filled to date under OHIP+ and the numbers continue to grow, making a real difference in the lives of people and families across the province.

Only 11 days into the new year, more than 220,000 young people age 24 years and under across Ontario have had their prescriptions filled at no cost through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.

Ontario's drug funding program is already one of the country's most generous, helping to pay for needed prescription medications for seniors, people with high drug costs and other vulnerable populations.

Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

QUOTES

“OHIP+ is a game changer of young people and their families.  In the 1990s, my family struggled under the crushing costs of prescription drugs for my son’s lung condition, when we didn’t have any work benefits to pay for them.  Now, families won’t be forced into choosing between buying necessities and purchasing medication for their children.”
— Kathryn McGarry MPP Cambridge

“We are taking a historic step forward with OHIP+ by eliminating the financial barriers and ensuring all young people can access the medication they need at no cost. OHIP+ is a major step towards our vision of a national pharmacare program that will help young people live healthier lives.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario will be the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth, 24 and under, helping more people afford the medications they need to stay healthy.
  • The province is investing $465 million to expand coverage through OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.
  • Prescription medications will be covered if they are listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit formulary or approved for funding through the Exceptional Access Program.

LEARN MORE

Learn about OHIP+

New drug search tool 

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

 

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