Ontario Expanding Interprovincial OHIP Coverage
Interprovincial Health Coverage Extended To Home and Community Care
Ontario is proposing to expand interprovincial health coverage to address gaps, by including home and community care, to ensure people who live in Ontario can access the home and community care services they need when they are in another province or territory or moving to Ontario.
Currently, people who are temporarily in or moving to another Canadian province or territory are covered for physician and hospital services, but must pay or rely on private insurance for other health care services. By expanding interprovincial coverage, Ontario patients who are in other parts of Canada will have home and community care services paid for by the province.
The province is also proposing to remove the interprovincial waiting period and provide immediate OHIP coverage for people moving to Ontario from another province or territory when they need access to home care services, so that they can be with their families and support networks in Ontario.
This expanded access would also apply to people needing palliative care.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- In addition to expanding interprovincial coverage to home and community care, Ontario will continue working together with its provincial and territorial health care partners to discuss further progress on interprovincial heath care coverage.
- The 2018 Budget proposes an investment of an additional $650 million over the next three years to improve home care services, which will result in more hours of personal support, nursing and therapy visits, including respite care.
“We know that when people are at a time in their lives when they need care provided in the home, having the support of loved ones nearby is so important. That is why our government is ensuring that people can return to Ontario, where their support system is, and access the health services they need.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek