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Health & Mental Health – OHIP and IFHP

What is OHIP?

OHIP is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. It pays for a wide range of healthcare costs for people who live in Ontario. To qualify, you must be a citizen, landed immigrant, refugee, or have status under Canada’s Indian Act.

For newcomers to Ontario, there is normally a 3-month waiting period from the time of arrival. There are exceptions, for example: children under the age of 16 who are adopted by someone who already qualifies for OHIP; and a baby who is born in Ontario to someone who already qualifies for OHIP.

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Are drugs covered under OHIP?

OHIP+ pays for a wide range of drugs for children and youth aged 24 and under who have OHIP coverage and do not have a private plan. You do not need to enroll or register.

OHIP+ will stop on your 25th birthday or if you become covered by a private plan.

For more information, visit the OHIP+ Child and Youth Pharmacare website

What is IFHP?

IFHP is the Interim Federal Health program provides essential health care services for refugee claimants, and Convention refugees.

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What if I do not qualify for OHIP or IFHP?

You will have to pay for services by yourself or get private insurance. If you cannot afford these options, you should call or visit a local Community Health Centre to find out if there are free services in your community. In Scarborough, there is a medical clinic for the uninsured; call 416-754-8116 for an appointment.

You can receive free and confidential health information and advice from a nurse through Telehealth Ontario – 1-866-797-0000 (24 hours)

In an emergency, go to a hospital immediately. You will not be turned away if you do not have OHIP.

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