How To Get An OHIP Card in 5 Minutes

I needed to get my Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card renewed in a hurry. Ten years ago my card expired, then I moved and just never bothered to get a new card.

For ten years I was healthy and never needed to use OHIP until a few weeks ago. I sprained my knee while playing hockey. I couldn’t see my doctor or get an X-ray until my health card was renewed.

Here is how I renewed my health card in under 5 minutes:

  1. Visit your local OHIP office during a snow storm. If you make it to the OHIP office the lineups will be very short!
  2. Enter the OHIP office on crutches and you probably won’t have to take a number. The woman behind the counter took pity on me and sent me to the front of the line.
  3. Make sure you have a valid driver’s license and proof of your current address (car insurance, phone bill, etc.)

Before you know it, you’ll be walking or limping out of the OHIP office with a temporary card that is valid for doctor and hospital visits.

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