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Health Coverage in Ontario

Learn more about health coverage in Ontario.


OHIP Cards

To update or obtain a new OHIP card please visit the Service Ontario Centre at 43B Lansdowne Avenue, Carleton Place. For Health Card Inquiry call 1-888-376-5797. Hours of operation are 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.


Please note that as of July 1, 2020, red and white OHIP cards will not be accepted. Regardless of an individual's health card status, Ontario's public hospitals cannot refuse to provide services to a patient who is faced with a life-threatening medical emergency, however, you may be charged for services unless and until you are able to provide a valid photo health card.


Renew your OHIP card


Ambulance Charges

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care sets a charge of $240 for using an ambulance. This amount is reduced to $45 if:


  • You are a resident of Ontario with a valid Ontario Health Card, and

  • Using the ambulance was medically necessary (usually determined by the attending physician)


If you are not an insured resident, or if using an ambulance was not medically necessary, the hospital is required to charge you the $240


The $45 is payable by you, unless:


  • You were receiving Home Care when you were transported to the hospital. If this applies to you, please forward your statement to your Home Care Worker.

  • You are on Social Assistance or Disability Assistance. If this applies to you, please forward your statement to your Case Worker for validation and return to the CPDMH Finance Department.

  • You were hurt at work and came to the hospital by ambulance. Your employer pays the $45 directly to CPDMH. If you need an ambulance for the same injury later on, the charge is paid by WSIB.


In all other cases, you are responsible for paying the $45 fee.