BtC Helps You Understand the New Ontario Drug Benefit Paperless Drug Card Initiative.
Prior to September 1, 2016 patients brought in monthly cards to prove their drug benefit eligibility (often called “C”or “D”cards). Patients were usually registered under “Ontario Disability Support Program” or “Ontario Works”. Starting September 1, 2016, this monthly card is no longer required. A valid health card is sufficient. A temporary monthly card is also sufficient when an OHIP card is not available.
Thanks to Ontario Pharmacists Association, Ministry of Health for answering my emails
If you are already familiar with the background info, you should skip down to the table below
Sept 1, 2016 - Earliest date pharmacies can stop asking patients for their monthly ODB cards
December, 2016 - No more monthly paper cards will be printed
Sept to Dec, 2016 - Monthly cards still printed and mailed, to ease the transition to fully paperless
Important Contact Info
Help Line, 1-888-284-3928
Email for questions: SASM-Q&A@ontario.ca
Email for questions: email@example.com
Here's how I interpreted what to do if a patient does/does not have a drug card, and how to act if there is a successful/unsuccessful adjudication.