The National Health Insurance Program of Canada, sometimes unofficially referred to as the Medicare program, helps citizens from all walks of life to access affordable healthcare. Eligible seniors living in Ontario can easily cover the costs of medical services, including both long-term and short-term assistance.
The Canadian National Health Program oversees 10 provincial and 3 territorial insurance plans that help families across Canada to afford quality care. The Canada Health Act lays down basic standards of medical coverage that every province and territory must meet in order to receive full federal funding and aims to “protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers."
While the federal government is in charge of ensuring that all eligible Canadian citizens have access to affordable health services, local governments are in charge of managing, organizing and delivering these services. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan, provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, helps Toronto residents to find and access medical care in their area. In order to be eligible for OHIP services, you must have Canadian residency or immigration status, hold a permanent home in Ontario, and have lived within the province for at least 153 days out of any 12 month period. OHIP goes above and beyond the legal obligations required by the Canada Health Act, covering doctor’s visits and hospital stays along with long-term care, mental health services, and drug prescriptions.
Toronto residents can apply for medical benefits or learn more about the Ontario Health Insurance Plan by visiting their nearest Service Ontario centre. Most facilities are open during business hours, and Toronto residents can find different services offered at each location. There are over half a dozen centres located within the city of Toronto, including offices at:
33 Victoria St #150, Toronto, ON M5C 2A1 777 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2C8 839 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2H2 Canadian Tire, 1025 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M4M 1B4 534 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A6 605 Rogers Rd D4, Toronto, ON M6M 1B9 250 Wincott Dr #19A, Toronto, ON M9R 2R5 Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B 3Y8 3300 Bloor St W #142, Toronto, ON M8X 2W8
Ontario seniors can also learn more by calling the Service Ontario hotline toll-free at 1-866-532-3161. For local assistance, contact the Toronto ServiceOntario toll-free information line at (416) 314-5518. Deaf or hearing impaired individuals can call (416) 327-4282 for TTY services.
You can find out more about Toronto health providers by contacting your nearest ServiceOntario location or by searching for nearby healthcare professionals via the Internet. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario offers a free online tool through which local families can easily find medical care providers and facilities in their area.
The Ontario Health Care Connect program is designed to assist patients that don’t know where to begin in their search for a qualified medical professional. A trained Care Connector can help eligible families to locate a new doctor or nurse practitioner that operates within their network.
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