People With Old Health Cards Could See Coverage Cancelled
Millions of Ontarians could find themselves without health insurance coverage if they ignore government notices to get a new health card.
There are still more than 3.5 million Ontario residents with the old red-and-white health cards that have no expiry date.
One of them was CTV health reporter Avis Favaro, who discovered her OHIP card had been cancelled when she went to a Hunstville walk-in clinic after suffering a bad reaction to an insect bite.
Favaro was told she would have to pay $60 cash to see a doctor.
Government officials won't comment on a specific case, but say people are sent three notices telling them to get a new health card with a photograph and a five-year expiry date.
If the card holder doesn't respond, and the health card hasn't been used in seven years, the government will suspend it.
(The Canadian Press)