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Critics fume as OHIP denies coverage of local woman’s U.S. appendix surgery

Posted: August 10, 2023

(August 8, 2023)

By: Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press

France Gelinas

New Democrat MPP France Gelinas is photographed on Monday August 15, 2022. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

A Southwestern Ontario woman who pursued appendix surgery in the U.S. after being unable to access timely medical care in the province has lost her bid to make Ontario’s health insurance program cover the cost.The unidentified woman, referred to as KW in the board’s decision, and her mother lost their appeal of an OHIP decision that denied her reimbursement for medical costs connected to an April 2021 appendix removal surgery she sought in New Jersey after months of failed attempts to seek a diagnosis and treatment here.