How can I pay for prescription medicine?

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not pay for prescription medicine if you are over 25. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has programs that can help you pay for prescriptions. Private insurance plans may also pay these costs.

OHIP does not pay for prescriptions. The company you work for may have an insurance plan that pays for prescriptions. This insurance can also cover your husband or wife and your children. You can also buy insurance from a private company. These plans often pay for prescriptions.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care can also help you pay for prescription medication through:

  • Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB) - This program pays for some prescriptions for people over 65, who get social assistance, and long-term care patients.
  • Trillium Drug Program - This program helps by paying prescription costs for people who have drug costs that are high compared to their family income.
  • Special Drugs Program - This program pays for the drugs you use to treat HIV, schizophrenia and other conditions.
  • Exceptional Access Program - This program covers drugs that are not on the approved Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) list in special cases.
  • The New Drug Funding Program - This program covers certain approved intravenous cancer drugs administered in hospitals.
  • Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program - This program helps some refugees and refugee claimants pay for prescriptions.
  • OHIP+ - This program covers perscription medicine for anyone 24 or under who is eligible for OHIP.

Many community agencies can help answer your questions about health insurance. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "community health centres" or "settlement services" in your area.

Last updated: December 11, 2017 4001243