Uninsured patients in Ontario: People get sicker, the system pays more

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  1. Mike Fraumeni

    One way to free up more money for people in Ontario who should have access to OHIP would be to eliminate unnecessary administrative type agencies like Cancer Care Ontario that has a highly paid President and Vice-Presidents etc. No other disease spectrum in Ontario has such an agency. Why does cancer continue to have such a government agency such as Cancer Care Ontario?

  2. Adam Smith

    I’m missing something … person comes to Canada as a student, gets a job, becomes a resident, hasn’t applied for permanent resident …. and he doesn’t figure out what health insurance he has in order to bridge him from student to becoming a permanent resident?

    This guy made a poor decision and is now suffering the consequences. Does he drive a car without insurance? Does he rent/own an apartment/house without insurance?

    When I leave Ontario for a vacation, I make sure that I have health insurance. If I were to move to another country, one of the first things that I would be looking at is “what is my health care coverage?”

    • lisa

      It’s really easy for us Canadians who were born here/ we have a right to be covered/ and receive great healthcare/ however I take issue with you assuming that this young man should have had all his bases covered… he was in fact taking all the necessary steps to become a permanent resident and I understand was a contributing member of society/ paying both income tax and the ever present taxes at all stores. I think you need to realize that these people come here having done a lot of research but to expect them to know everything/ all they hear is healthcare is free in Canada/ nothing more/ is a misconception… peace/ Montreal Canada.

      • Adam Smith

        Lisa: You have made a serious and erroneous assumption about me. I was not born in Canada and came here with my parents when I was a teenager. I am an immigrant. Before my family moved here, my parents did research and spoke with others who had come to Canada. That covered the range of how to find a home to rent, what is needed to open a bank account, how do kids get enrolled in schools, AND …. what about health care insurance and drug coverage for a drug my brother was taking.

        So no doubt the person in the article is a contributing member of society. But our health care system does not cover anyone in Canada simply because they are here in Canada.

      • Leslie

        Interesting comment… I was born in Canada, as were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents. However, I have been working outside Canada for several years, while still paying taxes at home. I did not have the right to Canadian health care while I lived abroad, and now that I am moving back to Ontario, I don’t have the right to coverage for the first three months. So don’t take citizenship as a test. We are not like the British system.

    • Jenny

      Unlike OHIP, private health insurance doesn’t cover all health related emergencies.

  3. Peter Jakubowicz PhD

    Very good article! There is another issue that was not addressed, namely that of Canadian citizens who return to Ontario and are denied healthcare. I happen to be one of those people. Even though I have proven to the MOHLTC that I have been physically present in Ontario for 153 days since 2015, have an Ontario driver’s licence, pay income taxes, and have a family member living in Kingston. The Ministry still refuses my application (no valid reason given).

    • Angel Brede

      One solution as to residency is to apply for Ohip in person every week at the same service center with the same clerk for your three months. Then they can personally attestate that you have been physically present for that time.

  4. Jacques Goudreault

    Flue shots and immunization should be free for anyone living in Ontario so as to prevent the spread of diseases by those who find it cost prohibitive. As it stands, even a Canadian citizen out of the country for six months loses OHIP coverage and must wait 3 months to restore it. What possible sense does this policy make.

  5. Jenny

    Some of us non-Canadians who aren’t eligible for OHIP are desperately trying to get adequate private health insurance but the available plans simply don’t cover all emergencies, no matter how hard you try and how much money you’re willing to spend on a private heath insurance plan. They don’t even let you combine multiple plans to get coverage for everything you need because then you actually lose benefits (all “Visitor to Canada” plans are secondary payer, meaning that they pay less or nothing if you have another plan so you often end up paying more for emergencies than you would under one plan, crazy but true). In some cases there’s simply no way for those of us who don’t qualify for OHIP to avoid emergency situations where we’re not covered (including healthy patients who have an “uncovered” emergency).

  6. Phil Taaffe

    I was born in Ontario and am a Canadian citizen that has been out of the country long enough to lose my OHIP. I’ve suffered a heart attack. If I I get back to Canada, will OHIP or some other plan cover my emergency?

  7. karen

    UHIP student requiring HIV realted medication, who cannot afford to pay for it due to pandemic and unable to return to home country. What is the process

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