The provincial government is planning to remove OHIP coverage for any Ontarian travelling outside of Canada, and the new law would go into effect this autumn.
Under the current OHIP Out-Of-Country Traveller’s Program (OOC), Ontarians are allowed coverage of inpatient services of up to $400 per day for a high level of care (meaning an ICU or operational surgery) and $200 per day of other care.
Furthemore, $50 a day is allowed for outpatient services and $210 for for dialysis.
These rates operate as a reimbursement for services received out-of-country.
90 per cent of Ontarians who travel outside of Canada already purchase it privately.
The new policy will not affect coverage when travelling to other provinces within Canada.