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EVENTS & ACTIONS: Become a Public Medicare Defender Today

Posted: November 21, 2022

(November 21, 2022)

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.

Our Public Hospitals are Not For Sale Leaflet

       

Download a PDF version of our leaflet here


Fact Sheet: The Ford Government’s Plan to Privatize Ontario’s Public Hospital Services

For 100 years, Ontario has built our system of local public hospitals that operate on a non-profit basis, in the public interest. Under the cover of the pandemic, the Ford government began to make plans to privatize Ontario’s public hospital services, including surgeries and diagnostics to private for-profit hospitals and clinics.

To learn more, download a PDF version of our fact sheet 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 printable version of survey

Click here for fillable version of survey


Hospital Emergency Town Hall Meetings

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.

 

Online & In-person Town Hall Meeting (combined):

North Bay – Thursday, February 2 @ 6 pm, OPSEU Region 6 Office, 150 1st Ave W, North Bay
For more information and Zoom details: please contact Henri Giroux at hgiroux1@hotmail.com
 

Online Town Hall Meetings via Zoom:

Thunder Bay Monday, February 13, 7 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcuivqj8qHtzuhn9jR2D_Asdh69g6QvpO

Chatham-Kent Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodeiprTksHdLOVMuIOV5yZF2x7Wy6c8lO

London Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlcOmvpjsrG9d-tLoHuuBt95tLGdvVlyaF

Sarnia- Lambton Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcuuhqz8vGdTIzpyIDn2ZuY4K4FsDx1zk

Haliburton County Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctd-2prTMrHdIEVqJ13f0acQ74TMEJfbW5

Guelph Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudeCorD4uG91p7kDy0Vb-m3ukIjA-Ugra

Oakville-Halton Wednesday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdemgrzIqHdfv0XXeb8Q653kAiX7qvXb9

Cornwall Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m. Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctcuCgrT0vE9R35bffuiuE3KxXKFJNHYR2

Peterborough Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. (tentative)


Protests

More information to come shortly.