950K free prescriptions filled under 25 people since Jan. 1

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More than 950,000 prescriptions have been filled for children, teens and young adults for free through OHIP-plus since January 1st.
The province said its move to provide free drug coverage to those aged 24 and younger is the largest expansion to medicare in Ontario in a generation.

More than 4,400 prescription drugs are covered, including asthma inhalers, drugs to treat depression, anxiety, epilepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antibiotics, insulin, diabetes test strips and birth control.

Officials said all people have to do is present their Ontario health card number and a valid prescription at an Ontario pharmacy.
The program was announced in the last budget and covers more than 4,400 drug products.

The province already covers prescription drug costs for seniors, people living in long-term care homes and those on social assistance.

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Covering prescriptions for those under 25 can make a huge difference to those living on a limited income or are students. In the past many sick individuals suffered longer than they should have because they couldn’t afford prescription drugs. Now all that has mercifully changed. –CINEWS

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