September 24, 2019

in Government Updates, Benefits & Health

Ontario announces cuts to out-of-country medical coverage

The Ontario government has confirmed that the Ontario Health Insurance Plan’s (OHIP’s) limited coverage of emergency out-of-country medical costs will end. The changes, originally slated to go into effect in October, will now end coverage effective January 1, 2020. OHIP’s current coverage for emergency out-of-country inpatient care services have a maximum of $400 per day, and up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient care and physician services.

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With the elimination of the Out-of-Country Travellers Program, the Ontario Renal Network within Cancer Care Ontario will be administering a financial aid program to help Ontario renal dialysis patients with dialysis services while travelling abroad, beginning January 1.

OHIP will continue to reimburse any eligible emergency out-of-country claims incurred up to and including December 31, 2019, and eligible claims can be submitted up to 12 months from date of service. Ontarians travelling abroad are encouraged by the government to purchase the appropriate travel insurance coverage in the case that emergency health care is needed out of country.

For further information on the changes and how it may impact you, visit this information page provided by the Ontario health authorities.