Ontario will soon be launching a universal drug coverage program for children and youth. Starting next year, if you are age 24 and under, all of your medicines funded through the Ontario Drug Benefit program will be covered, regardless of family earnings. This change will take place January 1 and there will also be no copays or deductibles, which is often what deters uninsured citizens from filling their prescriptions. The finance minister hopes that this will influence the federal government, as well as other provinces in establishing a national pharmacare program. The Leader of the Ontario NDP has also unveiled a plan to expand public funding to cover a list of 125 essential medicines. Though this new coverage will expand public coverage to an additional 4 million people. Some party leaders have questioned whether paying for drugs for children of wealthy parents, or those who already have private insurance is the best use of resources.
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