Ontario backtracks on drug plan deductibles hike for seniors above low-income threshold

Date: April 7, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News
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Ontario backtracks on drug plan deductibles hike for seniors above low-income threshold
By: Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau, The Toronto Star, Published on Mon Apr 04 2016

The wrath of seniors has proved too much for Ontario’s Liberal government, which is backing down on acontroversial push to raise drug costs for those who don’t qualify as low-income earners.Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Monday the province is abandoning a move to raise public drug plan deductiblesfor most seniors by 70 per cent to $170 a year, and co-payments by a dollar to $7.11 per prescription.“We heard from them,” he acknowledged after making the announcement at a pharmacy near the Dupont subway“We will not be increasing the contribution from seniors who do not qualify for the low-income program. The status quo will remain.”

Those increases —first announced in the February budget — caused an immediate backlash and quickly sent Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government scrambling back to the drawing board.

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