Why these doctors support Doug Ford’s plan for private surgical clinics – CBC

Ontario expanding OHIP-covered procedures done outside hospitals, including hip and knee replacements, MRIs

Feb 15, 2024

The Doug Ford government is poised to give independent clinics a greater role in performing surgeries and scans currently done in hospitals, and some doctors are speaking out in favour of the controversial plan.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health is currently laying the groundwork for the creation of what it calls community surgical and diagnostic centres, to open later this year.

The centres will perform OHIP-covered procedures such as hip and knee replacements and MRI scans. The clinics could be privately owned.

Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones insist that no Ontarian will have to pay for surgeries or scans in these facilities. Despite that, the government’s plan is drawing criticism for allowing the private sector to profit from the publicly funded health system.

CBC News did in-depth interviews with three Ontario physicians who believe that criticism is misplaced. They argue creating these clinics will increase the availability of procedures that typically have months-long waiting lists, making life better for patients.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-private-clinics-surgery-diagnostic-centres-1.7112379

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