Medical clinics forced to close after the Ontario government capped virtual service fees are privatizing to continue providing gender-affirming care.
Dr. Kate Greenaway told CTV News Toronto on Wednesday, “It’s kind of the wrong choice for patients to pay for treatment.”
“Under OHIP, we were unable to provide the services our patients needed, so my choice really mattered: Is this a critical service to provide or should it be closed? ,” Greenaway explained.
connect clinicFounded by Greenaway in Toronto, the company is the first of its kind in the state, offering virtual services to 1,500 transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse patients, with a waiting list of 2,000. .
in December, Connect-Clinic forced to close After the Ford administration Reduce the amount virtual healthcare providers can charge Service charges in the state range up to approximately $67 for a virtual visit, $15 for a phone call, and $20 for a video session.
“That funding change was devastating for us,” Greenaway said.
After Connect Clinic closed, Purpose medicala virtual care platform for underserved communities, reached out to see if they could help.
6 months later FoliaA new version of Connect-Clinic is born.
Folia launched Greenaway as its medical director on Wednesday. The clinic is not covered by OHIP and therefore provides virtual care through nurses who are authorized to bill their patients.
This is the latest platform alongside a list of virtual clinics including Rocket Doctor and Kixcare. Shift to a paid service model Subject to government rate reductions.
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“We have tried our best to keep Foria’s treatment costs as affordable as possible,” Foria’s website states.
“We will continue to explore ways to make our services more accessible,” the memo continues. Mr Greenaway said the clinic was working to establish a fund to help underserved patients.
Greenaway said it’s important to provide virtual options for her patients when it comes to gender-affirming care. Wait times are unusually long and clinics are often located in city centers.
“Also, experiences with transphobia and discrimination make it difficult to go to hospital,” she added.
Greenaway sees Folia as a beacon of hope for the “disruptive” changes made by the Ford government through which it will continue to provide critical services with as few barriers as possible.
“It’s a ray of sunshine through the very dark days we’ve been through,” Greenaway said.