Physicians can use the pre-assigned newborn health card number to submit claims to OHIP.

Pre-assigned newborn health card numbers do not have a version code. The baby's family has 90 days to register for the official health card number, which will be assigned with a version code. If they register within 90 days, the claim will be processed with an explanation code EV (Check health card for current version). If they do not register the health card within 90 days, they have to re-apply and a brand new health card number will be assigned.

Newborn health cards may have processing delays depending on if and when the parents have completed the registration. If you would like to verify that the health card for the patient has been registered you should follow up directly with the patient’s parents or legal guardian. If the patient was seen at a hospital, you can also check the patient record for any updates.

Attached is the Registration for Ontario Health Coverage (form 0265-82) you can provide to your patient's parents or guardians to complete the health card registration.