France Gélinas, NDP health critic, continued Wednesday to press Premier Kathleen Wynne about her choice to allow the growth of private for-profit health clinics and services, while she continues deep cuts to public health care in the province.
“People shouldn’t have to pay up, or wait longer for the health care they need. But that’s exactly what’s happening under this premier,” Gélinas said. “Companies are charging people to jump to the front of the line. They're doing it unchecked, on the premier's watch.”
Wynne is allowing people to be charged – and allowing wait times for everyone else to get longer – as private, for-profit health companies are flourishing following Wynne’s deep cuts to Ontario’s public health care system.
“For-profit companies like Maple are charging people for services like diagnosis and writing prescriptions,” Gélinas said. “Does the premier believe it's ok for companies to charge Ontarians for seeing a doctor or getting a prescription?
“If your child is sick, you should not have to reach for your credit card to buy answers.”
Gélinas said that companies are charging people to see a doctor and to get a diagnosis, asking them to rack up credit card bills. Maple says it charges fees for services like doctor's visits and getting a prescription written because those services are “not covered by OHIP.”
“Under the Wynne government, parents of a sick child are basically given the choice between paying up, or waiting longer. And they have to watch while those who pay up, leapfrog ahead of them onto the surgery list,” Gélinas said.
“So when did the Premier decide that people have to choose between paying up – or waiting longer – to get their family the care they need?”