November 2017

How changes to OHIP may affect you

If you provide care to children and youth, you should be aware of upcoming changes to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), and how the new universal provincial drug program might affect your practice.

As a result of OHIP+, which starts on Monday, January 1, 2018, all children and youth aged 24 and under who are insured under OHIP will be able to get prescription medication at no cost. This is because the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program will automatically cover children and youth who are OHIP-insured.

The ODB Formulary/Comparative Drug Index lists more than 4,400 drug products. More medications are eligible for funding through the Exceptional Access Program (EAP).

If you're an NP who specializes in treating or providing care to children and youth, learn more about which drugs and drug products the ODB Formulary covers. This will enable you to help your clients access appropriate covered medications.

For more information about who and which medications the new program covers, visit

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