OHIP Across the Border: Unveiling the Cross-Province Coverage - Can You Use Your Ontario Health Insurance Card in Quebec?

 OHIP Across the Border: Unveiling the Cross-Province Coverage - Can You Use Your Ontario Health Insurance Card in Quebec?

 Can I use the Ontario Health Insurance Card in Quebec?

OHIP Across the Border: Unveiling the Cross-Province Coverage - Can You Use Your Ontario Health Insurance Card in Quebec?


Yes, you can use the Ontario Health Insurance Card (also known as the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) Card) in Quebec.

Under the Interprovincial Health Insurance Agreement, Canadian residents generally purchase insurance for necessary medical services when traveling to other provinces or territories within Canada. This means that if you are a resident of Ontario and have a valid OHIP card, you are entitled to emergency and basic medical services while in Quebec.

Please note that the coverage provided by the OHIP card may differ from the medical services available in Quebec. Emergency and basic medical needs are covered, but some services and treatments may be provided differently or not covered on the same terms as in Ontario.

To ensure a smooth process, he is advised to carry his OHIP card when traveling to Quebec and present it when receiving medical services at medical facilities. In some cases, you may need to prepay for certain services and later request a refund from his OHIP.

What services are covered?


OHIP covers most medical services and services provided in public hospitals in Quebec. This includes:

  • doctor or nurse visit
  • emergency medicine
  • diagnostic test
  • surgery
  • hospitalization

What services are not covered?

OHIP does not cover some services in Quebec, such as:

  • Prescription drugs
  • dental care
  • vision care
  • emergency services

How much will you pay?

When using your OHIP card in Quebec, you generally do not have to pay for eligible services. However, some services, such as prescription filling fees, may require a small payment. 

What if I need more than basic necessities?

If you need more than basic care, such as prescription drugs or dental care, consider private health insurance. Private health insurance can help pay for these services, as well as others not covered by OHIP.

How do I use my OHIP card in Quebec?

When seeking medical care in Quebec, he must present his OHIP card to a doctor or hospital. Your doctor or hospital may accept or decline your card if you do not agree to pay based on applicable Ontario charges. If your doctor accepts your card:

  • You don't have to pay medical bills. We pay for the services provided.
  • Quebec residents may be required to pay a small fee for services.
  • If you are not a Quebec resident, you may be required to pay the full amount for the Services.


If your doctor refuses to accept your card:

  • You must pay for medical expenses yourself. 
  • You may be able to get a refund from OHIP, but you will need to submit a refund request.

What happens if I lose my OHIP card?


If you lose your OHIP card, you can apply for a replacement online or by mail. For more information on how to apply for a replacement card, please visit the OHIP website. 

The Quebec OHIP Card can be used for some medical services. However, this scope has some limitations. Always check with your doctor or hospital that your OHIP card is accepted and you do not have to pay for services before you receive treatment.

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