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EVENTS & ACTIONS: Become a Public Medicare Defender Today

Posted: November 21, 2022

(November 21, 2022)

Protests

Our public hospitals are in an unprecedented crisis. The Ford government has done substantially nothing to help them. Instead they have funnelled millions into for-profit corporations to privatize our public hospital services.
Almost 100 Emergency Departments have had closures across Ontario. If the Ford government continues to ignore & downplay the staffing crisis — and use the crisis as an excuse to privatize — our community hospitals are at grave risk.
All across Ontario people have banded together for a century or more to build up our local public hospitals. We have volunteered, fundraised and donated from our pay cheques because these are vital services for our communities.  The Ford government’s plan would dismantle our local public hospitals, taking the profitable services out to for-profit corporations, robbing them of desperately needed staff and funding.
We must force the Ford government to address the crisis and take urgent action to support our local PUBLIC hospitals.
We CAN do this, but everyone needs to help to make it happen.

Niagara
Friday, December 9 from 12-1:30 PM at Fourth Ave & First Street Louth (Across from the St. Catharines Hospital)
If you are able to make it please sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1238087523406567/?ref=newsfeed or email Sue Hotte at suehotte@yahoo.ca

Ottawa
Friday, December 9 from 12-1:30 PM at 550 Smyth Road – Faircrest Heights Park (Across from the CHEO & The Ottawa Hospital General Campus)
If you are able to make it please contact: Nancy Parker at ottawahealthco@gmail.com

Toronto
Monday, December 12 from 12-1:30 PM outside of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (Toronto General Hospital) 585 University Avenue
If you are able to make it please contact: Riley Sanders at greatertorontohc@gmail.com or join the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/916280486007604/?ref=newsfeed

Waterloo
Monday, December 12 from 12-1:30 PM at Waterloo Public Square 75 King St. S. (We will March to the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener across from CTV News)
If you are able to make it please contact: Jim Stewart at
waterlooregionhealthcoalition@gmail.com

Windsor
Monday, December 12 from 12-1:30 PM at the corner of Tecumseh and Walker Rd
If you are able to make it please contact: Tracey Ramsey at ohc@sympatico.ca

You can also bring signs and messages to Doug Ford to finally take urgent action to restore and rebuild our public hospital services and to STOP privatizing them.


We are calling on all Ontarians to help fight against the privatization. Become a Public Medicare Defender today to force Doug Ford to fix the crisis in our public hospital system and stop privatization.

To sign up to become a Public Medicare Defender, fill in the form found below the slideshow on our homepage here.

Afterwards, please help by signing up your friends and family to become Public Medicare Defenders, print and distribute the leaflet found below, distribute the survey found below, and join in protests and town halls to force the Ford government to address the crisis in our public hospitals.

 

Download a PDF version of our leaflet here


Survey on Privatization of Public Health Care and its Impact on Patients

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED USER FEES FOR HEALTH CARE?

This survey is being conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, a public interest group dedicated to protecting and improving public health care. The survey takes most people less than 5 minutes to complete and almost everyone finishes within 10 minutes. It’s really easy to do!

Needed medical services provided by hospitals and by doctors are supposed to be covered by OHIP, paid through our taxes and provided free when we are sick or in need. However, we are receiving complaints from patients who are being charged extra fees for this care.

The Canada Health Act says that patients cannot be charged these extra fees for medically necessary hospital and doctor services. Public health care is supposed to cover all Canadians equally, but sometimes private clinics or public hospitals charge extra to patients unlawfully.

Some examples of unlawful extra fees include:

  • I was charged $2,000 for cataract surgery
  • My mother was charged $50 for a consultation with a doctor
  • The private clinic told my grandfather that he had to pay a fee for the clinic to keep his medical records
  • My wife was charged a “facility fee” at the endoscopy clinic.

Sometimes private clinics charge fees for medically unnecessary tests or procedures. When you go in for cataract surgery which is a medically necessary procedure, for example, they might charge you for extra eye measurements that are medically unnecessary. Here are some examples:

  • I was charged $200 for extra eye measurement tests when I went in for cataract surgery
  • My father was charged a $50 fee for orange juice and a DVD at a private colonoscopy or endoscopy clinic
  • My grandmother was told she should pay $1,500 for special lenses when she went in for cataract surgery.

We are concerned that the increase in extra charges threatens equal access to health care for Canadians.

We are hoping to find out what extra fees patients are being charged and whether or not patients are given a clear choice about paying fees for unnecessary services.

We will use the information to make a public report and submissions to the Minister of Health to stop extra user charges for patients and protect equal access to public health care for all Canadians. We will not include any patients’ names or personal information in the report. If you indicate that we can contact you to speak publicly about your experience we will do so, otherwise we will not use nor share your name. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey.

Click here for survey


Hospital Emergency Town Hall Meetings

Our public hospitals are in an unprecedented crisis

The Ford government has done substantially nothing to help them

Instead they have funnelled millions into for-profit corporations to privatize our public hospital services

Almost 100 Emergency Departments have had closures across Ontario.
If the Ford government continues to ignore & downplay the staffing crisis
— and use the crisis as an excuse to privatize —
 our community hospitals are at grave risk.

All across Ontario people have banded together for a century or more to build up our local public hospitals. We have volunteered, fundraised and donated from our pay cheques because these are vital services for our communities.  The Ford government’s plan would dismantle our local public hospitals, taking the profitable services out to for-profit corporations, robbing them of desperately needed staff and funding.
We must force the Ford government to address the crisis and take urgent action to support our local PUBLIC hospitals.
We CAN do this, but everyone needs to help to make it happen.

Town Hall Meetings Across Ontario

Due to the overwhelming spread of respiratory infections in Ontario, we will hold the meetings online. It is super easy if you’ve never done it!

  • You just need a computer with internet. Register by clicking on the link (called the Zoom link) by your local town hall meeting listed below. The registration form just lets us know how many people are coming.
  • Once you have filled in the registration form Zoom will automatically email you a link for the meeting.  We will send reminders the day before and the day of.
  • When it is time for the meeting to start, click on that link Zoom emails to you and a window will open that puts you into the meeting. You can choose at that point to have your video camera in your computer on or off.

Need help? Email ohc@sympatico.ca and write TOWN HALL HELP in the subject line.

Ottawa
When: Monday November 21, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkceuhrDgtGNzvhPL_KI4uWRJgjzvCrTbC 

Perth & Smiths Falls
When: Tuesday November 22, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuf-ugpzkvHNeqQnRp7L6KdI0zWXB01_fT

Chesley
When: Tuesday November 22, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdeqhqj0tGdUFCj2_g1VaGLlcQZMMetV4

Waterloo
When: Wednesday November 23, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctc-iopz4vHtVCy9iQAFcyvN_Fay8rxvsZ

Niagara
When: Thursday November 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcuuvqz8uHdS5qlGvss3m_Q8Xqw-wK82E

Durham
When: Saturday November 26, 2022 10:30 AM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcuGqqjsjHtFgd4SZPtePLRrTzcuf_nyU 

Windsor
When: Saturday November 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-GorDMiG9WDLWkExTnDdmBk64JH3dr9

Clinton
When: Monday November 28, 2022 07:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcO6oqT0vHtMUaDoZWyAVpy1lHTYQ8b0V

Kingston
When: Monday November 28, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtde2vqDssGtJZc6pWXLorrjIwYwjL4796 

Toronto
When: Tuesday November 29, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcu2tqjgjE9PHM1p8udav8Y1bRpjWAd7D

Seaforth 
When: Tuesday November 29, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oc-CspzgrGdLbCy1vCBcXSmkviORi6Cv0

St. Marys
When: Wednesday November 30, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcod-mgqTgsE9B4pcddOZWDmABWZt1YqdtX

Hamilton
When: Thursday December 1, 2022 7:00 PM
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-igpzsjEtJ5T_bmVxiVr6Ko3Ortr8oY