Does the doctor need to see my Health (OHIP) Card?

If you have OHIP, you generally need to show your Health (OHIP) Card when you want to get medical services.

Your doctor's office will check your OHIP card number, version code, and expiry date. If you haven't received your new card yet, you should bring the paper print out you received from the Service Ontario office with you.

If the service is covered by OHIP, the doctor will charge the fees to OHIP and you do not have to pay.

OHIP covers services that are medically necessary. For more information about what OHIP covers, go to What services does OHIP cover?

If You Do Not Have OHIP

If you have private health insurance, you can show the doctor's office the card or document from that insurance company.

If you do not have OHIP or private health insurance, the doctor may ask you to pay for medical services. You may be able to get free medical help from a Community Health Centre (CHC).

For More Information

  • Your Health Care Options - Information and links about your options to get health care in Ontario. It includes a medical services directory of walk-in and after hours clinics, urgent care centres, and family health care providers. You can search the directory by location and type of services. It is run by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) - General information about OHIP. From the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Last updated: September 18, 2015 4001219