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OHIP+ No Longer Covers Kids and Young Adults with Private Insurance

OHIP+ No Longer Covers Kids and Young Adults with Private Insurance

OHIP+ No Longer Covers Kids and Young Adults with Private Insurance Christine Elliott unveiled the PCs ‘cost-effective’ changes to free prescriptions for people under 25. Children, teens and young adults with private health benefits will no longer be eligible to receive free prescriptions through OHIP+, newly appointed Health Minister Christine Elliott announced on Saturday. The “cost-effective” changes to the province’s current pharmacare program are part of the Ontario Progressive Conservative government’s pledge to save billions each year by finding “efficiencies” in government spending, Elliott said in a news release. OHIP+ coverage will now focus on Ontario residents “who do not have existing prescription drug benefits” while also “saving the taxpayers money,” she explained. The province’s current youth pharmacare program effective January 1, 2018 provides free coverage on more than 4,400 drugs to children and youth aged 24 and under —…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – April 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – April 2018 Edition

Insomnia Triggers and Treatments Around 40 per cent of Canadians suffer from periodic insomnia. Insomnia is a condition where sufferers have trouble falling and staying asleep, wake up too early and experience fatigue during the day. If left untreated, these problems can lead to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and diabetes. Insomnia is a very individual condition, and one that can be caused by a variety of triggers, including the following: Stress from work, school, and health and family concerns Anxiety Depression Stimulants Environment and schedule changes Eating too late at night There are many treatment options for insomnia sufferers that can offer relief. Many doctors recommend behavioural treatments (sometimes accompanied by medication) as an effective means of changing sleeping patterns. If sleep difficulties occur for at least one month, contact your doctor to determine the cause of your problem….read more →

Live Well, Work Well – February Edition

Live Well, Work Well – February Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we discuss preventive care for men, weight control tips, heart health tips, and a great Creamy Clam Chowder recipe.     Preventive Care for Men Preventive care, including regular doctor visits, is important for everyone. There are certain tests and screenings that are that are specific to men and their health needs. Consider incorporating the following screenings, tests and exams into your life to promote good health and prevent the onset of certain conditions: Blood pressure—Men should have their blood pressure taken at least every two years to detect early signs of hypertension (high blood pressure). Prostate cancer screening—Men over the age of 50 should have a yearly rectal exam and prostate screening test. Cholesterol screening—Men should have a cholesterol test every five years after the age of 20. High levels of…read more →

Live Well, Work Well | January 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well | January 2018 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we discuss how to make easy lifestyle changes, stop cigarette cravings, daily calcium recommendations, PLUS a fantastic recipe for a Greek Couscous Wrap. New Year’s Resolutions: Lifestyle Changes vs. Quick Changes Historically, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight-loss products to achieve their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets. Instead of setting a goal to lose weight fast in 2018, set a goal to lead a healthier lifestyle. Common lifestyle New Year’s resolutions include the following: Exercise regularly—Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week and to do strength training exercises of…read more →

OHIP+ Set To Launch January 1st

OHIP+ Set To Launch January 1st

OHIP+ Set to Launch January 1st OHIP+ is launching as scheduled on January 1, 2018. As of that date, all Ontarians under 25 who have OHIP coverage – regardless of income, family or student status – will automatically be covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (OBD) program, with no deductible or co-payment. OHIP+ claims will be submitted by Ontario pharmacies and adjudicated online using the individual’s OHIP card. The pharmacy community has confirmed they will have necessary changes in place for January 1, 2018 to submit OHIP+ claims to the government. No application is needed to enrol in the program and OHIP+ coverage will end on an individual’s 25th birthday. OHIP+ Quick Facts What this is As of January 1, 2018, Ontarians under age 25 who are eligible for OHIP, will receive free prescriptions for the approximately 4,400 drug products…read more →

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