The Ontario Health Insurance Plan is our province's public health care and covers basic medical and emergency services.
OHIP pays for basic medical and emergency services like:
- Visits to your doctor or a physician at a walk-in clinic
- Hospital visits and stay
- Medical or surgical abortions
- Eligible dental surgery in hospital
- Eligible optometry (eye-health services)
- Podiatry (foot-health services)
- Ambulance services
- Travel for health services if you live in northern Ontario
OHIP does not cover:
- Prescription drugs provided in non-hospital settings (e.g., antibiotics prescribed by your family doctor)
- Services that are not medically necessary, like cosmetic surgery or laser eye surgery
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Dental care at a dentist’s office
- Some alternative medicine (e.g., naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractors, or massage therapy)
However, sometimes OHIP does cover part of the cost of some of these services. It also covers basic medical services if you access them in another province. It is a good idea to check if the service you need is covered.
How do I find out what services are covered by OHIP?
- Talk to a nurse or doctor
- Call ServiceOntario:
In Ontario (toll free): 1-866-532-3161
In Toronto: 416-314-5518
- Visit the OHIP website