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Warnings against moving services to private clinics

The Ontario Health Coalition pushes keeping things in public hospitals

Ontario is hoping to move some health services like day surgeries, colonoscopies, and MRI and CT scans to private medical centres and one group is now speaking out, trying to drum up enough support to change the province's mind.

With more confidence in the public heath system, Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition points to examples of patients being gouged - something  she says is all too common in private facilities.

The executive director of the health rights group says many private clinics take a patient's OHIP card to get money from the province for the service, but then ask the patient to pay what could be hundreds of dollars in administrative fees.

Mehra says  - that's illegal.

She adds the expertise of those who work in private facilities is questionable. Noting those who run equipment not not be skilled technicians.

Her group will be polling people over the next month with hopes Ontarians want to keep and expand services in the public system. Mehra says they will then bring the results back to the province.

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  1. Benny8 posted on 03/10/2014 02:39 PM
    The public health care system is so wonderful, top heavy with overpaid bureaucrats, with obscene waiting times for just about everything now, and thousands unable to find a family doctor. How worse could private clinics be?

    If the concern is illegal extra billing and unskilled technicians then just enforce the rules and set standards for the personnel in these clinics to ensure they're the same across the board.

    Something needs to be done to fix our health care system. Throwing more and more money at the public system is not improving anything.
    1. Paul57 posted on 03/10/2014 03:49 PM
      @Benny8 Absolutely. Hold these new clinics to the clearly higher standards of our state run health care.

      Wait, er... maybe not so fast folks. A private system based on better pricing, customer service and quicker turnaround times may not bode well for the public system.

      All I can say is that people in the private sector have been sent to prison for far less offences than our current Liberal government has committed. I think a private system knows full well they are under far more scrutiny than anything government run.

      BRING IT ON!!!
  2. Perry Brodkin posted on 03/10/2014 03:10 PM
    There will be no extra-billing of patients for insured services under the Health Insurance Act. The Coalition is referring to uninsured services.
  3. Frankie posted on 03/10/2014 04:19 PM
    This is typical fear-mongering by unions such as the nurses, also the left who can' stand the thought of anyone making a legitimate profit. They'd all rather see people die or wait forever or tax everyone to death in order to prevent anything private.

    Remember, only Cuba and North Korea are in the same club as Canada when it comes to the illegality of privatization.

    A very scary club to belong to.
    1. Zeke posted on 03/10/2014 04:56 PM
      @Frankie As long as there is even one taxpayer left who can afford to pay rent AND buy groceries in the same month, the public sector unions will be screaming and crying and telling whatever lies they can think of in order to steal that last bit of income from his pocket. And then when he goes bankrupt, they'll stand in the ruins with a confused expression and say "Huh. Didn't think that would happen."
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