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Will ODSP help pay for costs related to my health?
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People who have certain medical conditions might be able to get a special diet allowance. And a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding can get a nutritional allowance. This is separate from a special diet allowance.
ODSP can also help pay for:
- dental services
- hearing aids
- vision care, including eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses
- assistive devices, including ventilators, walkers with wheels, wheelchairs, communication devices, and specialized software
- batteries and repairs for mobility devices, such as wheelchairs and scooters
- the care and feeding of a guide dog
Mandatory Special Necessities
ODSP also has a benefit they call Mandatory Special Necessities. It can help pay for:
- diabetic supplies
- surgical supplies and dressings
- incontinence products
- the cost of travelling to get medical treatment [link to OD8.1B Will ODSP help pay my costs when I travel for medical treatment?]
If you’re working
These expenses could include the cost of:
- specialized computer equipment and software
- sign language interpreters
- transportation services
- attendant care services
And ODSP might also give you money to pay for some of these things.
If you stop getting income support
- prescription drugs
- basic dental and basic vision care
- batteries and repairs for mobility devices, such as scooters and wheelchairs
And, you might be able to get Extended Health Benefits if:
- you stop getting income support because you no longer qualify financially, and
- you have a lot of medical expenses or other costs related to your health.