Health coverage in Canada aside from through work.
January 8, 2010 1:35 PM   Subscribe

Health coverage in Canada: I don't have coverage through my work. What options do I have as a low-income individual in my late 20's?

Every time I have to get a dental checkup or get an expensive prescription or think about getting mental health counseling or something else that isn't covered by OHIP I think to myself: I wonder if there is coverage that I could purchase or something that I would qualify for as a low income individual. Anybody have some good news?
posted by GleepGlop to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
There's plenty of extra coverage options you can purchase, though none of it is priced according to income as far as I know.

You can also get free supplementary coverage if you ever return to post-secondary studies, through your student union.
posted by modernnomad at 5:35 AM on January 9, 2010

Response by poster: Gah, what happened to all of the comments in here? ...Thanks?
posted by GleepGlop at 6:31 AM on January 9, 2010

It seems to have disappeared, but I will repost my answer, because I believe it's legitimate, even if not entirely appropriate for your situation. Someone might find this thread later and be able to use it:

Check out Ontario's Trillium Drug Benefit if you have any regular, high cost prescriptions.
posted by sunshinesky at 7:38 AM on January 9, 2010

Response by poster: Please repost your helpful answers if you see this, apparently there was a server crash that deleted them...
posted by GleepGlop at 12:52 PM on January 9, 2010

Response by poster: For my own future records as well as for anyone else who finds this thread, before the comments disappeared in the crash there was mention of Ontario Blue Cross offering plans for purchase, as well as potential assistance for low income through the govt.
posted by GleepGlop at 7:25 PM on January 9, 2010

I'm self employed, so no big company benefits for me either... I get supplemental insurance through Manulife.
posted by emeiji at 6:27 PM on January 10, 2010

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