Other programs can help uninsured, Ontario health minister says as coverage to end

Ontario’s health minister has said the province will not change its policy to cut programs providing care to those without health insurance.

Sylvia Jones said that after the doctor and hospital services program for the uninsured ends this Friday, the uninsured will still be able to get health care through other programs.

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The state notified doctors of the change last Friday, sparking outcry from them.

The Ontario Medical Association says the change is harmful to people without health insurance.

Those without insurance include the homeless, those facing language barriers or mobility problems, many newcomers, foreign workers and international students, according to the association.

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Jones said hospitals cannot refuse to treat patients who have life-threatening emergencies, and that there are community-based programs to help patients without health cards get primary care. increase.

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