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January 1, 2020 Government changes to OHIP out-of-country emergency coverage

Monday, December 23, 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario government has announced it is winding down the limited coverage of emergency out-of-country medical costs currently provided under OHIP.  Referred to as the ‘Out-of-Country Travellers Program’, there were some limited coverages available; such as emergency inpatient and some emergency outpatient services.    

Out-of-country emergency care is part of the supplementary medical benefit offered by Queen’s group insurance benefits, (Policy #139046). 

Details for Queen’s Employees

Out-of-country emergency care is covered for you (and your insured dependents) if it is required as a result of a medical emergency arising while you (and your insured dependents) are outside of Canada for vacation, business, or education and provided you and your insured dependent(s) have coverage under the Supplementary Medical Plan, and are covered by the government health plan in your home province.

Therefore, for Queen’s employees and retirees who are enrolled in the supplementary medical benefit, the wind-down of the OHIP limited emergency out-of-country travelers program has no impact. 

It is highly recommended that you prepare for travel abroad by downloading Travel Assistance contact information (24 hours per day) and group policy details. Travel Assistance cards can be printed through Great-West Life’s GroupNet for Plan Members website under “Benefit Cards and Forms.

For information about out-of-country emergency care coverage under the Queen’s insured benefits please visit our Benefit Coverage page.