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How our program helps

From single parents working multiple jobs to keep their family afloat to freelancers working from contract to contract, many Canadians earn just enough to be ineligible for social assistance programs, but not enough to afford vital medications to maintain their health. As a result, these individuals often must choose between paying for their prescription medication or meeting their basic needs, which could lead to poor long-term health outcomes and a lower quality of life. 

The inability to afford essential medicines should never be a barrier to good health. The GreenShield Cares' program provides essential medications free of charge to Ontarians without private prescription drug coverage, who are not eligible for assistance from a public prescription drug program. 

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We're focused on increasing access to care

Here’s how GreenShield is helping to advance health equity.

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Essential medicines program launch

The Globe and Mail: Benefits provider GreenShield to offer drug plans for people with no coverage.

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Advancing health equity

Better Health for All: GreenShield’s mission to improve access and equity in health care.

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Prescription drug coverage in Ontario

Find out if our free Essential Medicines program is right for you.

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It's in our DNA to find a better way

No out-of-pocket costs.

No co-pays or deductibles.

Free delivery of medications.

We are championing better health for all by bridging the gap on essential medicines.

1 The Conference Board of Canada, Understanding the Gap 2.0 

2 Details have been changed to protect privacy.

3 Eligible benefits are limited to a maximum of $1,000 per 12 months from enrolment date. This includes the cost of medication and dispensing fees.

4 UnityHealth, CLEAN Meds Study