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.

  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).

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