Health Care Professionals

Ministry Programs and Services

The information in this section requires knowledgeable interpretation. Please note that some publications and online services may be available in English only due to their technical nature.

Assess and Restore

Assess and Restore

This guideline defines common expectations, roles and responsibilities for Assess and Restore (A&R) interventions in Ontario’s health care sector.

Assistive Devices

Assistive Devices Program

This program provides financial assistance to Ontario residents with long-term physical disabilities to help them get equipment and supplies they need for independent living.

Drug System


Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose.


Helping patients realize the most benefit from their medication regimen will make adifference to their lives.

Pharmaceutical Opinion Program

The Pharmaceutical Opinion program refers to the identification by the pharmacist of a potential drug related problem during the course of dispensing a new or repeat prescription or when conducting a MedsCheck medication review.

Ontario’s Narcotics Strategy

Ontarians are among the highest users of prescription drugs containing narcotics in the world. Between 1991 and 2009, the number of prescriptions in Ontario for oxycodone drugs rose by 900 per cent.

Health Care Provider Access to Drug Claims History

The ministry provides participating health care providers with access to the drug claims history of ODB recipients for the purpose of providing health care.

Ontario Public Drug Programs

Information on programs that finacially assist Ontario residents to obtain prescription medications.

OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

OHIP+ will provide drug coverage for children and youth who are covered by OHIP and aged 24 and under.

Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary/Comparative Drug Index

Drugs Funded by the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program

Ontario Guidelines for Drug Submission and Evaluation

These interpretive guidelines are to assist pharmaceutical manufacturers in making their drug submissions.

Ontario Guidelines for Economic Analysis of Pharmaceutical Products

These guidelines suggest an approach that manufacturers of pharmaceuticals can use to satisfy the information needs of the Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee.

Pharmacy Smoking Cessation Program

A smoking cessation program will see the community pharmacist providing a one to one support service and advice to ODB recipients who want to give up smoking.

Education and Recruitment

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency

The HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency helps to ensure that Ontario has the right number and mix of healthcare professionals working in communities across the province.

Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division

A strong workforce is vitally important to our health care system. Ontario's healthcare workforce is made up of doctors, nurses and other qualified professionals.

Northern Health Programs

The Northern Health Programs (NHP) of Underserviced Area Program (UAP) is one of a number of supports provided by the ministry to help rural, remote and northern communities recruit and retain health professionals.

Physician Assistant Career Start Program

The Physician Assistant Career Start Grant Program helps recent graduates from Ontario’s Physician Assistant programs at McMaster University and the University of Toronto find positions in the province’s health care system.

Resident Loan Interest Relief Program

The Resident Loan Interest Relief Program (RLIRP) provides eligible medical school residents with financial assistance during a critical time of their professional development.


HIV and AIDS in Ontario

Prenatal HIV Screening Program

This program promotes HIV testing during pregnancy to reduce the risk of an HIV-positive woman transmitting the virus to her baby.

Long-Term Care

Homes for Special Care Program

This program provides long-term and permanent residential care to individuals discharged from Provincial Psychiatric Hospitals (PPH) who require supervision or assistance with daily living activities.

Long-Term Care Redevelopment

The ministry offers capital funding programs to eligible operators to support the development/redevelopment of Long-Term Care beds to current design standards.

Mental Health and Addictions

Tele-Mental Health Service

Ontario’s Tele-Mental Health Service provides children and youth in rural, remote and underserved communities with access to specialized mental health consultations through videoconferencing.



Ontario has developed a Nursing Strategy with the goal of supporting nurses at each stage along the nursing career continuum.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) are primary health care organizations that provide comprehensive, accessible, person centred and co-ordinated primary care services to people of all ages and stages in over twenty communities across Ontario.

OHIP for Healthcare Professionals


The former OHIP Bulletins section has grown beyond communicating OHIP updates to keep you informed of payment, policy or program changes.

OHIP Forms and Applications for Health Care Professionals

Ontario Health Insurance Schedule of Benefits and Fees

For Physician Services, Independent Health Facilities, Services of Optometrists, Laboratory Services and Dental Services.

OHIP Out of Country Services

Prior approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is required for patients to receive funding for OHIP insured hospital and medical services out of country.

Resources for Physicians

Ministry policies and procedures relating to insured services.


Areas of High Physician Need

Physicians interested in entering a family practice in an area of high need.

Bariatric Services in Ontario

The Ontario government is improving access to treatment for Ontarians who are struggling with severe obesity by investing $75 million over the next three years to increase the province’s capacity for providing bariatric services including surgery.

Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN)

The Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) is Ontario's prescribed maternal, newborn and child registry with the role of facilitating quality care for families across the province.

Critical Care Strategy

The objective of the strategy is to improve access, quality and the overall health system by addressing the policy and operational issues that contribute to wait times for critical care across the system.

Excellent Care for All

Excellent Care for All (ECFA) puts Ontario patients first by strengthening the health care sector's organizational focus and accountability to deliver high quality patient care.

Emergency Health Services

Ontario's Emergency Health Services (EHS) system is a series of interrelated land and air emergency medical services and programs designed to provide timely response and prehospital care.

Emergency Planning and Preparedness

This section of the web site provides information on emergency planning and preparedness, as well as on the unique programs and services that are available to the health care system and professionals during times of emergency.

COVID-19 - Coronavirus disease

Genetic Testing Advisory Committee

The purpose of Genetics Testing Advisory Committee is to review and provide reports on existing and new genetic tests. 

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed HEIA to support improved health equity, including the reduction of avoidable health disparities between population groups.

Hospital On-Call Coverage Program

The Hospital on-Call Coverage (HOCC) Program was developed to enhance and stabilize the delivery of hospital on-call services to Ontario patients by providing stability and predictability in physician on-call coverage across Ontario.

Independent Health Facilities

The Independent Health Facilities Program licenses, funds and coordinates quality assurance assessments of community-based non-hospital facilities in Ontario that provide insured diagnostic services (ultrasound, x-ray, pulmonary function, nuclear medicine and sleep studies) and/or insured surgical/treatment services (e.g., cataract surgery, dialysis, plastic surgery).

Medical Liability Protection (MLP) Reimbursement Program

For eligible health care providers a partial reimbursement of the medical liability protection fees paid.

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) now screens for 29 diseases including metabolic and endocrine diseases, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and severe combined immune deficiency.

Ontario Temporary Health Program for Refugee Claimants

Health care coverage for refugee claimants and rejected refugee claimants created by the downscaling of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).


Ontario directly funds services such as physiotherapy and exercise and falls prevention classes so they are available across the province to seniors and eligible patients.

Prenatal Screening Ontario
Prenatal Screening Ontario (PSO) was created to coordinate and oversee prenatal screening services in Ontario. PSO is Ontario's resource for patients, families and providers looking for information and updates related to prenatal screening.

Primary Care Payment Models in Ontario

Primary care is the first point of contact between a patient and the health care system and includes illness prevention, health promotion, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation and counselling.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Benefit Program (PPLBP)

The Pregnancy and Parental Leave Benefit Program (PPLBP) provides eligible physicians with pregnancy and parental leave benefits.

Repatriation Program

Additional Postgraduate Medical Training Positions in Ontario.

Resource for Indicator Standards

The Resource for Indicator Standards (RIS) is an online catalogue of the technical documentation for health-related indicators.

Sex Reassignment Surgery>

Ontario is expanding access to referrals for medically necessary sex reassignment surgery (also known as gender confirming surgery).

Public Health

Environmental Health

Environmental Health information and documents.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is carried in the blood and can cause severe damage to the liver.


Provider information and resources on three new publicly funded vaccines added to the routine immunization schedule.

Influenza Vaccination Program

Information and Communications Products for Healthcare Professionals.

Ontario Public Health Standards: Requirements for Programs, Services and Accountability (OPHS)

The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services to be delivered by Ontario's 34 boards of health, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection.

Research and Grants

MOHLTC Research Program

The Research Program monitors, coordinates and provides leadership to internal and external research activities that contribute to the development of health policy and for the dissemination of research findings to support evidence based decision making. Information is available on research programs, priorities, competitions and grant applications.

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