Citizen Groups Call On Ontario Government To Extend Public Health Coverage To All

Stop The Unfair Denial Of Healthcare And Extend OHIP Coverage To All Ontarians

From the Council of Canadians & Other Citizens Groups

Posted June 27th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

A Call-Out to all Ontario Citizens  to add your name to the following Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister  Eric Hoskins

Dear Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Eric Hoskins,   

We are a broad group of community members, health and social service providers, and we are concerned about the ongoing denial of healthcare to many of our fellow Ontarians.

Health care providers and supporters hold a rally to protest federal cuts to refugee care on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday, June 16, 2014. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Health care providers and supporters hold a rally to protest federal cuts to refugee care on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday, June 16, 2014. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

We call on the Ontario government to truly provide excellent care for all Ontarians, and extend the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) to cover all residents of Ontario.      

In 2009, Duncan McCorkell was diagnosed with colon cancer while non-status, denied life-saving treatment, and subsequently died as a result of his illness in Toronto. In 2011, Maki Ueyama and her husband received a $22,000 bill after the premature birth of their twins during their three-month waiting period for OHIP as new immigrants.

For the past five years, Adil Yousif was denied access to OHIP for treatment to save his legs from amputation while his humanitarian application was pending, despite working in Ontario and contributing taxes.      

There are countless other stories: children who have been turned away from emergency rooms because parents could not pay cash upfront; pregnant women who have foregone prenatal care for fear of unpayable bills; and too many who have suffered and died as a result of being denied access to healthcare in Ontario.     

 In Canada, many believe we have a universal healthcare system. In reality, there are an estimated 500,000 people, half of whom reside in Ontario, who are denied healthcare coverage due to their immigration status.

This includes new immigrants in the three-month waiting period, temporary foreign workers between contracts, some international students, non-status individuals pending response to various immigration claims, and even returning Canadian citizens who have left the country for a period of time.

To read the whole letter and add your name, click on – http://ohipforall.ca/open-letter-ohipforall/

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Niagara At Large encourages you to share your views on this post. A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who share their first and last name with them.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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