Join the Fight to Protect Public Health Care in Canada

Stop Private Clinics and Unlawful User Fees and Extra Billing of Patients

A Call-Out from the Ontario Health Coalition, a province-wide citizens group advocating for quality, public health care

Posted March 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

The Ontario Health Coalition in partnership with the Provincial Health Coalitions and Canada Health Coalition have been working tirelessly to bring an end to the unlawful extra-billing of patients by private health clinics and stop the privatization of health care services.

Private clinics undermine public health care and equal, universal health care for all Canadians.

We have written an Open Letter to all provincial and federal Health Ministers in Canada calling upon them to uphold the Canada Health Act, stop two-tier user fees, extra billing of patients and stop privatization.

Our goal is to get 1,000 organizations to sign on to the open letter, available through the link below:

http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/open-letter/

Who Should Sign On?

Please send this letter to all your contacts and ask them to sign on their organizations.

  •         Organizations only please
  •         Suggestions: seniors groups, student association unions, patient advocacy groups, ethno-cultural organizations, women’s groups, poverty/ equity seeking organizations, social service agencies, community health centres, nurse’s groups, health professional groups, doctor’s groups.

Background:

Across Canada, private clinics have been taking over more and more from public hospitals. There private clinics sell diagnostic tests and surgeries as profit-seeking businesses. They make profits from our public health care plans (such as OHIP) charging patients extra user-fees for access to health care. When public campaigns have been mounted by public interest groups such as Ontario Health coalition, we have successfully pushed back extra billing.

It should not be permissible for Canadian citizens to be forced to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket by these private clinics for a medically necessary cataracts surgery that should be covered under their health care plan. \

In British Columbia, these private clinics are counter suing the government in an attempt to fight this law and continue exploiting residents with double billing. Canada’s public health care system ensures that care is provided based on people’s needs not their wealth.

We kindly ask that you take the time to read and share our article, so we can continue the fight against privatization.

~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~

For more information on the Ontario Health Coalition and its advocacy work, click on – www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

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