Ontario Liberals are protecting health care by asking seniors with the highest incomes to pay more for their prescription drug costs - so Ontario can invest in supports for all seniors.
Said Susan Ing, Vice-President of Advocacy at CARP: “the Ontario budget measures clearly recognize the importance and the preference of staying in one’s own home as long as possible in this journey, and the savings from the changes to the ODB can help achieve more extensive health coverage for Ontario’s seniors.”
“Even with the proposed changes to ODB, Ontario seniors will be among the best-off compared to those in other provinces,” she said.
The Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program helps all seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs. All seniors are eligible for the ODB regardless of their income level.
We're asking just five per cent of Ontario's wealthiest seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs.
The plan will save $30 million in 2014-15 and help Ontario invest in better supports that help all our seniors - including house calls, more home care and better coordination of care.
Under the plan, single seniors with income of more than $100,000 will pay a deductible of $100 plus three per cent of net income over $100,000. For senior couples with a combined income of more than $160,000, the deductible will be $200 plus three per cent of their family net income over $160,000.
Drug costs for other Ontario seniors would remain the same.
Ontario Liberals have also reduced the price of most generic drugs to 25 per cent of the brand-name products, saving all seniors and families even more money on their prescriptions.
Ontario's drug reforms are now saving the province $500 million a year - and this year will save an additional $100 million.
Protecting health care for families and seniors is part of the Ontario Liberal Action Plan for Health Care and builds upon the gains we've made, together, since 2003.
Even in these challenging economic times, we choose to strengthen health care. We know that the Hudak PCs would make the wrong choices. The Hudak PCs are pushing for an unnecessary election that would put our economy and jobs at risk.
The Horwath NDP would not make any choices. They'd jeopardize our jobs and economy by allowing the deficit to grow - which would require deep cuts to our schools and hospitals.
Ontario Liberals are taking strong action and making the right choices to grow the economy and create jobs. A vibrant economy will allow us to support good schools and public health care for families, including our seniors. We are the only party with a plan to balance the budget by 2017-18.