What else should I know?
Be sure that you always have drug insurance to pay for your medications. It is important to lean more about ways to pay for your medications as you enter this new stage of life. It might help to talk with a member of your health-care team about the type(s) of drug insurance that are available to you. Learning about the different ways of paying for medications will help you ensure that you always have your medication when you need it.
There are four types of drug insurance
- Private Insurance : This might be available through your parent’s work if you are a student until you are 25 years of age, through your enrollment in post-secondary education, or through your own employment. Now is the time to look into changes in your coverage through parents and what your options will be as a student.
- Trillium Drug Insurance Program: This is a program of the Ontario Government that pays for medications. Your contribution is variable, depending on how much money you make. You have to file income tax forms every year to stay qualified for this. Go to www.health.gov.on.ca and search for Trillium Drug Insurance or phone 1 800 575-5386 or 416 642-3038)
- Ontario Drug Benefits through Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW, Social Assistance). If you receive social assistance, talk to your Ministry of Community and Social Services case worker.
- Temporary, emergency programs: There is always a way to pay for medications through drug insurance or temporary programs, while you’re waiting to get long-term insurance.
You may have normal concerns about all the changes and decisions you need to make during your transition from high school to work or study, and from SickKids to an adult clinic. You may also be concerned about who needs to know or not know about your HIV. Your clinic staff at SickKids and in adult clinics are ready to talk with you, give you individual information and support you through transitions.
Here are some tips for helping to cope with these changes:
- Look for role models or mentors who can help you through these transitions
- Find people in your life you can trust to talk about these challenges with
- See if there are support groups or centres you can join for support
Some resources in the city for support are: