The government proposed in the budget to raise the Ontario Drug Benefit low-income threshold for single seniors from $16,018 to $19,300.
Kathleen Wynne greets seniors at a retirement residence in Waterloo, Ont., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Photo: Colin Perkel/CP)
It said seniors below the threshold would no longer have to pay any deductible, but seniors above that threshold would have their deductible increased from $100 to $170.
Following an outcry from seniors' groups and opposition politicians, the premier said her government would reconsider that threshold.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced today that the threshold won't be changing — except to be indexed to inflation — but the deductible will now not be increased for seniors above the threshold.
The ministry couldn't immediately say what extra costs it will incur because of the changes.
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