Making Prescription Drugs Free for People 65 and Over
Ontario Ensuring Seniors in Kitchener-Waterloo Can Afford the Care They Need
April 13, 2018
Ontario is making prescription drugs free for everyone 65 and over, ensuring people in Kitchener-Waterloo can afford the care they need during this period of economic change and uncertainty.
MPP Daiene Vernile’s staff member, Rebecca Wagner, was at The Village at University Gates, a Schlegel Villages community, 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.
Today’s announcement builds on other new initiatives and steps taken to improve care and make life more affordable for seniors in Ontario, including:
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.
“Everybody in this province, no matter their age, deserves the chance to lead healthy, happy lives. Providing prescription drugs to seniors at no cost moves us one step closer to the goal of pharmacare for all people in Ontario.”
–– Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Through investments like this, Ontario is furthering its goal of being the best place in the world to grow older. Providing the supports seniors need to be independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected, is a priority of our government. Ensuring seniors have access to free prescription drugs will help them remain healthy, so they can live their best lives.”
–– Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs
“Investing in care for seniors in critical, and recent initiatives such as expanded OHIP+ and the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, will go a long way towards improving quality of life for our growing seniors population in Kitchener-Waterloo. We need to create an affordable, safe and accessible community where everyone can thrive, regardless of their age.”
–– MPP Daiene Vernile, Kitchener Centre
“As a seniors' care provider, we know how important it is for seniors to be on the correct medications. This investment will ensure that more seniors have access to the medications they need to remain healthy, active, socially connected and contributing members of our communities.”
–– James Schlegel, CEO Schlegel Villages
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