Photo Health Card

Our provincial government is taking the necessary steps required to protect our health care system from fraud by ensuring the final transition to a more secure photo health card. As of July 1, 2020, red and white health cards will no longer be accepted for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) services.

Starting this month, individuals with the red and white health cards will begin to receive notices to obtain a photo health card at a ServiceOntario centre before the July 1 deadline.


Photo health cards can easily be obtained for free at ServiceOntario by:

While there is no cost to convert or renew an Ontario photo health card, there could be significant costs by allowing red and white health cards to remain in circulation. Each month, individuals using these outdated cards access up to $108 million in health services. Without the advanced security features available on the photo health card, these funds could be used fraudulently.

Regardless of an individual’s health card status, Ontario’s public hospitals cannot refuse to provide services to a patient who is faced with a life-threatening medical emergency.

Red and white card holders who do not convert by July 1, 2020 may be asked to pay up-front for insured health services as their red and white health card will not be valid. Once a photo health card is obtained, eligibility for Ontario health insurance is restored and any payments made for OHIP-insured health services will be promptly reimbursed once a valid health card is provided.

If you have any questions about the final transition to a secure photo health card, please contact the office of David Piccini MPP at 905-372-4000 or by email at david.piccinico@pc.ola.org.