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Warnings against moving services to private clinics
The Ontario Health Coalition pushes keeping things in public hospitals
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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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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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