Ontario is Making Prescription Drugs Free for People 65 and Over Expanding OHIP+ Will Make Prescription Drugs Free for Nearly One in Two Ontarians
የ ኣንታሪዮ ግዛት በ ማዘዣ የሚገዙ መድሃኒቶችን ለ ኣዛውንቶች ነጻ ሊያቀርብ ነው፥፥ የ ግዛቲቱ ፕሪሚየር ካትሊን ዊን እንዳስታወቁት ይህ እርምጃ በ ሚሊዮን የሚቆጠሩ ነዋሪዎች መድሃኒት የመግዛት ኣቅም እንዲኖራቸው ያደርጋል፥፥ ኦንታሪዮ መድሃኒትን በቅርቡ ከ 24 ኣመት በታች ላሉ ሁሉ በ ነጻ እንደሚሰጥ ኣስታውቆ ነበር
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario’s plan to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over, ensuring millions of people can afford the care they need during this period of economic change and uncertainty.
Through an expansion of OHIP+, more than 4,400 prescription drugs will be available free of charge to everyone 65 and over. The Premier was joined by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Helena Jaczek and Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla at the Leaside Curling Club 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 their medication for free. On January 1, 2018, Ontario introduced OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare, which made eligible prescription drugs free for everyone 24 and under and is the largest expansion of medicare in a generation. By expanding OHIP+ 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.
Making prescription drugs free for people 65 and over is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan 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 through the biggest expansion of Medicare.
Source : Office of the Premier
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