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OHIP for all campaign

On June 28, a group of health providers, students, community organizations, community members and allies launched a campaign to call on Ontario to provide healthcare to all people in Ontario, regardless of immigration status. Feel free to check out our website at www.ohipforall.ca for more information.

In 2011, Maki Ueyama and her husband received a $22,000 bill after the birth of their twins because they were born several months premature, during the 3-month waiting period for OHIP. More recently, Duncan McCorkell was diagnosed with colon cancer, denied lifesaving treatment and subsequently died as a result of his illness in Toronto. An estimated 200,000 people find themselves in this position in our province due to being new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, international students, pending humanitarian claims, pending inland sponsorship, being nonstatus or being a returning Canadian citizen. Many have delayed seeking healthcare, others have been denied care, asked for cash upfront, and received massive bills as a result.

Our call for OHIP for All has been endorsed by Toronto Public Health, the Association of Ontario Health Centres which represents Ontario’s 182 community health centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics, as well as the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants representing 231 agencies across Ontario.

We are asking the Health Network on Uninsured Clients to:

  1. Sign the open letter addressed to the Minister of Health and the Premier - you can do so by clicking on this link on our website. Please also send us your logo to feature on our website as one of our organizational supporters. 
  2. Share the information for the campaign and letter with your coworkers, friends and family, as well as any organizations you know who may be interested.