Updating ontario health card
However, you will still be covered by your former province of residence for the first three months.
PEI coverage will begin on the first day of the third month following the date you become a permanent resident.
For most of us, our Ontario driver’s license, and a valid passport will do nicely.
To make the switch early, read this Service Ontario web page first, and book an appointment at a convenient Service Ontario location.
Health Minister Deb Matthews said there have been no changes to the program to move people over to the new cards, and wants people to know they can still use their old health cards."I think a lot of people are seeing the story and are worried that their health care somehow is in jeopardy if they have a red and white card," Matthews said in an interview."Nothing could be further from the truth."NDP health critic France Gelinas supports the transition to more secure OHIP cards, but said "health care is a right" and no one should ever be denied coverage."This is not how you do a transition from an old system to a new system, without giving any warning on a service as important as medicare," Gelinas said in an interview."This is not acceptable, and makes no sense."The Progressive Conservatives said Favaro's case was very concerning."I think, generally speaking, it’s a good idea to encourage people to replace those cards, but to do so in such an arbitrary manner with potential serious consequences for people is not the way to go about effecting this kind of change," said Deputy PC leader Christine Elliott."That’s not the way health care is meant to operate in Ontario."The new photo health cards were introduced in 1995, and so far 75 per cent of Ontario residents have been switched from the old cards to the new.
The red-and-white cards are still valid and can still be used at hospitals and clinics, and medical staff can call a 24-hour line to verify the status of any health card that is presented by a patient."Everyone, whether they have a photo card or a red-and-white card, will continue to get the service they’re getting now," said Matthews."If there is a situation where a red-and-white card is denied, but they are still entitled to OHIP coverage, absolutely they will be reimbursed."Government officials refused to comment on any specific case, but said there had been only two complaints about cancelled health cards logged with Service Ontario in the past 12 months.
There are still more than 3.5 million Ontario residents with the old red-and-white health cards that have no expiry date and no picture.Most residents of western Mississauga have received written notices to upgrade the old red-and-white Ontario Health Card. There are many more active health cards in circulation than there are living Ontarians.The Province needs to look after Ontario residents, but to update it to the new version as quickly as you can.Nova Scotia's Health Insurance Programs are designed to provide eligible residents with coverage for medically required hospital, medical, dental and optometric services with some restrictions.Visitors to Nova Scotia are not considered eligible residents and are not eligible for coverage.