Reminder: Prescription drugs now officially free for everyone 24 and under in Ontario

Jan 2 2018, 2:20 pm

Ontario residents 24 and under already have something to be thankful for in 2018, as they now officially have access to free prescription drugs.

This move comes as part of the new OHIP+ program, which will help make prescription drugs more accessible to approximately four million Ontario residents.

These residents will now be able to receive free access to 4,400 drug products currently available through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, regardless of their income.

Some of the prescription drugs that will be available include:

  • Antibiotics to treat infections
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • EpiPens
  • Various insulins, oral diabetic medications and diabetes test strips
  • 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

To receive the free prescriptions drugs, you don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner.

This move makes Ontario the first province to provide prescription medication coverage at no cost for children and youth aged 24 years and under.

According to a statement from the province of Ontario, this will not only make a real difference in the lives of people across the province but also make it more affordable for families and young people to get the medications they need.

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