|What does OHIP cover?
OHIP covers physician fees
pertaining to medically necessary services that an Ontario resident would be entitled to
notwithstanding plans to travel outside of Canada. This includes assessment and treatment
of existing medical conditions, renewal of prescriptions or administration of vaccines to
prevent infectious disease which may be contracted in Canada eg. tetanus boosters or flu
shots for high risk patients. Similarly, OHIP provides limited out-of-country benefits for
emergency health services while outside Canada (refer to OHIP fact sheet "Travelling
Outside of Canada" for conditions and details) and will provide full coverage for
treatment of conditions upon return to Canada.
What is not covered?
Beginning July 1, 1998, pre-departure travel medicine services that
travellers obtain solely for the purpose of travel outside Canada will no longer be
covered by OHIP. This includes assessments, counselling or administration of vaccines or
drugs for prevention of communicable diseases not
|endemic to Canada. The actual cost of such
drugs has never been insured by OHIP. Travellers who elect to obtain the above services
will now assume the full costs.
Travel for business or pleasure is considered voluntary in nature.
Many vaccinations are only required by destination countries to avoid importation of
disease. It is therefore considered reasonable that, in comparison with the overall cost
of international travel, the traveller assume the cost of associated pre-departure
services. Ontario residents who intend to travel outside of Canada should discuss their
pre-departure needs with either their family physician, staff at private travel medicine
clinics or at travel immunization clinics available at some public health units across the
province. As well, travellers should review the Ministry’s companion fact sheet
regarding out-of-country emergency coverage and consider obtaining appropriate private
insurance coverage before departure.