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yyzlhr

join:2012-09-03
Scarborough, ON
kudos:4
reply to DKS

Re: No Photo ID? No Health Card For You!

said by DKS:

said by NCRGuy:

said by elwoodblues:

A 98 old woman will have none of the above.

She might have a birth certificate, but it'd be so old they probably won't accept it.

Read the article before commenting please. She has "lots of documents", including a birth certificate and a marriage certificate. That, along with a declaration from a guarantor, should be enough to get her a photo card. Then she can get her health card.

The point is "Why should she have to do that, spend an additional $35 for the photo ID when the probability that she is who she is without photo ID is realistic and significant? And why should she have to wait longer to get the photo ID and then the OHIP card?"

So we should just issue OHIP cards to anyone who walks in the door now because they probably are who they say they are?


DKS
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join:2001-03-22
Owen Sound, ON
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said by yyzlhr:

So we should just issue OHIP cards to anyone who walks in the door now because they probably are who they say they are?

When they can provide supporting documentation and can be vouched for, yes.
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People get OHIP cards everyday without photo ID. They have tightened the rules over the last few years and that has caused a bit of a scramble for lost birth certificates, citizenship papers etc. Occasionally this causes real trouble if for example a citizenship status isn't what the person thought it was (it does happen with our complicated system).

As already noted this woman hasn't been denied coverage. She has been given more time to get her papers in order which is reasonable. In my experience OHIP is pretty good about giving 90 day extensions (sometimes more than once). They also have a pretty good program set up for homeless people with no ID. I suspect there is either more to the story, the family got bad advice at the counter or the family has misunderstood something.