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  • April 12, 2018

Making Prescription Drugs Free for People 65 and Over

Ontario Ensuring Seniors in Willowdale Can Afford the Care They Need

Ontario is making prescription drugs free for everyone 65 and over, ensuring people in Willowdale can afford the care they need during this period of economic change and uncertainty.

I was at North York Senior Centre to lay out the government’s plan to expand OHIP+ and make life more affordable for 2.6 million seniors and their families.

Starting August 1, 2019, anyone aged 65 or older will no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment and would be able to present their eligible prescription and OHIP number at any Ontario pharmacy and receive more than 4,400 prescription drugs for free. By expanding OHIP+, which already covers youth under 25, to seniors in Budget 2018, people 65 and over will now save an average of $240 every year. Prescription drugs covered by this program include medications for cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid conditions, diabetes and asthma.

This announcement builds on other new initiatives and steps taken to improve care and make life more affordable for seniors in Ontario, including:

  • A new Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, providing a benefit of up to $750 annually for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them live independently and offset the costs of maintaining their homes.
  • A new dental program, reimbursing 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person or $600 per couple, of eligible dental expenses each year for those without workplace health benefits.
  • The Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit introduced in 2017 and saving seniors up to $450 a year on travel costs
  • $17 million per year to provide a high-dose flu vaccine free of charge to seniors, beginning in 2018-19
  • A free shingles vaccination now available for roughly 850,000 seniors between the ages of 65 and 70, saving them an additional $170 and helping to keep them healthy
  • Ontario’s leadership in achieving an enhanced Canada Pension Plan, which will result in greater retirement security for today’s workers
  • Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, released in November 2017.

The government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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