Sunday House Call, #879, June 4, 2023: The prescription renewal fee explained.

I review why there is a fee when a patient requests a medication renewal without coming into the office. It involves reviewing the patient chart among other procedures. It is not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. If you ask for a service to be provided, there is fee for this service for most people. THere are exceptions for those over 65 or of limited financial means.

Your calls about:

  • Long-term use of asthma and cholesterol-lowering medications. What is the risk/benefit using these over many years?
  • New diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis. What is this condition?
  • Why do some people with atrial fibrillation prescribed anticoagulant meds (Blood thinners)?