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Ontario health cards actually expire nowadays!

Snuffy

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I'm really glad I found this out during a routine non-emergency doc visit. Otherwise, I would have had to pay $60. The receptionist told me in a very deadpan voice that the $60 was "non refundable" even if I brought a new card later.

I'm so glad that I could defer this visit. Anyways, moral of the story is to check the expiry date or you'll be forced to pay in an emergency. And no, you can't renew by phone! The government is getting rather pissy and they want to see you IN PERSON (during work hours that are extremely inconvenient).
 
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octo

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I'm really glad I found this out during a routine non-emergency doc visit. Otherwise, I would have had to pay $60. The receptionist told me in a very deadpan voice that the $60 was "non refundable" even if I brought a new card later.

I'm so glad that I could defer this visit. Anyways, moral of the story is to check the expiry date or you'll be forced to pay in an emergency. And no, you can't renew by phone! The government is getting rather pissy and they want to see you IN PERSON (during work hours that are extremely inconvenient).

health cards have had an expiry date since 1995

and i'm pretty sure they've tried to crack down on the red and white ones.

i just checked mine. i'm not expiring till 2020! i don't remember renewing 2 years ago. the one before that for sure was expired for years. i wonder what prompted me to renew? i:confused:
 

I_bRAD

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Who says they're good to 2018? I've been hearing for 20 years that they are going to phase them out and it's never happened.
 
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Ho||yw0oD

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Last year I had to trade in my red and white one for the new one.

My old card was in 8 or so pieces and only held together by lots of scotch tape.

Mine was actually light orange and white.

Part of me died that day.
 

ndrwrld

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you'll find out real quick if you have a red and white card, and need coverage...
hey iBro, do you even rely on your red and white ?
 
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Karim

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It's to crack down on immigrant citizens who live overseas (unofficially) but come back for medical care. By forcing them to renew in person every so often, it forces renewed contact with these people who would otherwise never come back unless they needed care.
 

djfear

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At my family doctor's office the receptionist will ask me which card I have, and when I tell her I have the red and white one she says that she doesn't have to see it. I wonder when I do eventually have to switch how long I could get away from doing that.


While we're on the topic of healthcare, I recently found out that in BC you actually have to pay for healthcare: MSP - Premiums

Why the hell didn't they roll this into income tax or something else? Seems like such a waste of taxpayer money to have to have an agency to collect these payments.
 

derek

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The old red & white ones work and don't expire, so long as you weren't given notice to move over.

It's only the 'new' green ones that expire.
 
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Wiseman

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I_bRAD

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Like after a terrorist attack?

That's just fearmongering.

It'll work. It's illegal to turn someone away that needs medical attention. If if they don't take it in my family will do just fine with the settlement they get after they sue their ass.

When will it stop working? I bet you can't find a date...
 

derek

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the old ones are totally acceptable, i regret misplacing mine (only to find it after, i got the replacement green one that expires)
 
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ndrwrld

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Like after a terrorist attack?

That's just fearmongering.

It'll work. It's illegal to turn someone away that needs medical attention. If if they don't take it in my family will do just fine with the settlement they get after they sue their ass.

When will it stop working? I bet you can't find a date...
are you new ? at some point, if you fail to renew your red and white card, you'll fall off your bike, get a boo boo, and good luck getting your brain sorted out.
i don't need to find a date...i'm dead sexy.
 

I_bRAD

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are you new ? at some point, if you fail to renew your red and white card, you'll fall off your bike, get a boo boo, and good luck getting your brain sorted out.
i don't need to find a date...i'm dead sexy.

How do you figure? As a matter of fact I fell off my bike this past summer! I didn't even HAVE my (invalid, red and white) health card and yet here I am all alive and stitched up.

edit- they did call some hotline and I had to wait literally 5 minutes for them to verify my health card info
 
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