Remember to Pack Private Health Insurance for Travels Abroad

Remember to Pack Private Health Insurance for Travels Abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad, even crossing the border to shop for the day, during the March Break or any other time of the year, it would be prudent to buy additional private health insurance in case of a health care emergency while on vacation.

Please note that Emergency OHIP coverage only applies to specific circumstances and does not necessarily cover the full cost of treatment.

Furthermore, if you received emergency care while travelling, please keep all emergency care receipts which will be required for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) submission form.

Enjoy your travels with peace of mind and safety.

Ontario, Canada

News Release

March 11, 2011

Protect Yourself During March Break Travels

McGuinty Government Reminds Ontarians To Pack Health Insurance For Travels Abroad

Ontarians travelling out-of-country over March Break should remember to pack extra health insurance – for peace of mind and to stay safe.

Medical fees for health care services provided outside of Canada are often quite high. While the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers certain emergency health services in limited amounts, Ontarians are strongly encouraged to buy additional private health insurance in case of a health care emergency while on vacation. Emergency OHIP coverage only applies to specific circumstances and does not necessarily cover the full cost of treatment.

Families who are travelling abroad can purchase additional individual or family health insurance through their credit card company, local bank, or travel provider.

QUOTES

“Whether you are crossing the border to shop for the day or flying overseas for a March Break getaway, it’s important that Ontarians get additional health insurance when traveling. Unforeseen health care emergencies can become very expensive outside of Canada so please take the time to protect yourself and your family before you leave.”

Deb Matthews
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

QUICK FACTS

  • March Break runs from March 14 to 18, 2011.
  • Remember to save all receipts if you have received emergency care while travelling as you will need them for the submission form.

LEARN MORE

CONTACTS

  • For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline
    1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)
  • Neala Barton
    Minister’s Office
    416-327-4388

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
ontario.ca/health

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Happy March Break!

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