“A Fraser Institute report estimated that over 26,000 patients left Ontario in 2014 to receive private out of country care.”
A News Release from the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Posted October 19th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Ottawa, Ontario – Lisa MacLeod, the PC MPP for Nepean-Carleton has tabled a motion in the legislature to address the emerging two-tiered healthcare system that has seen thousands of Ontarians seek medical treatment out of country and out of pocket.
MacLeod’s motion seeks to create an advisory committee that will review other jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom with a view to create a “program in Ontario for those suffering from rare disease or whose treatments may be experimental or complimentary but are not yet covered by Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).”
MacLeod was spurred to action by the struggles of a young constituent in Nepean-Carleton who is paying for life extending cancer treatments by fundraising and emptying her life savings; and of Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan.
Mayor Hec, as the Trent Hills Mayor is known to his friends, was denied OHIP funding for a potentially life-saving treatment. In order to have the treatment he was forced to travel to Germany and pay for the treatment through fundraising efforts. He is not alone. Earlier in 2016, Colleen Walters was denied OHIP funding for the very same surgery.
“Patients are funding their own treatments and travelling out of country to get care in record numbers,” MacLeod said. “Ontarians like Mayor Hec assume that our public healthcare system will take care of them when they get sick, only to find out that they must spend tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars to save their own lives.”
A Fraser Institute report estimated that over 26,000 patients left Ontario in 2014 to receive private out of country care.
“This (Ontario) Liberal government’s years of waste and mismanagement have resulted in a system in which patients like Mayor Macmillan cannot access life-saving, cutting edge care,” said MacLeod. “This must change, so I am introducing a motion that will help to ensure Ontarians get the coverage they need and deserve.”
The House will debate the motion in the Ontario Legislature on October 20th, 2016.
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