If you have one of the red and white health cards still, you have just over five months left to get it replaced with the photo ID card. The Canadian Press has learned the government has set July 1 as the date the cards will no longer be accepted. The “phase out” of the cards started more than 25 years ago.
Data reveals that there are still about 300,000 red-and-white health cards in circulation, representing about two per cent of all Ontario health cards. Health Minister Christine Elliott says those cards are more susceptible to fraud than the newer cards, which feature a photo and a signature.
She says people who still have the old health cards will get notices this month, and after that they will get monthly reminders to get a new card.