Family health

FYI, Ontario parents: Your red and white OHIP card soon won't work anymore

If you're one of the Ontarians who refuses to give up your old red and white OHIP card in favour of one of the new green ones? Your time is up.

Not that you need another item on your to-do list, but if you’ve still got one of those old red-and-white OHIP cards, you’re finally being forced to upgrade.

Thankfully, you’ve got a bit of time. According to the Canadian Press, the old Ontario Health Insurance Plan cards, which the government first announced it was phasing out 25 years ago, are no longer going to be accepted by doctor’s offices and hospitals as of July 1, 2020.

If you have one of the old cards, you can expect to get a notice this month of the need to update, with monthly reminders. The newer, green OHIP cards have an expiration date and a photo, which means you’ll need to go into a Service Ontario centre to get one.

The good news: If it does slip your mind to get a new one, you’ll be reimbursed for any services you paid for out-of-pocket once you get a new card, according to the Canadian Press.

There are about 300,000 people in Ontario who still use the old red-and-white cards, which represents about two percent of all cards out there. The old cards are more susceptible to fraud than the newer ones.

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