Mar 26, 2023
By Angus Gillespie
Ontario doctors and the organization representing them are criticizing the provincial government for its plans to end a program that provides health-care services for people without health insurance.
The Ontario Medical Association said it first learned of the pending suspension on Friday, issuing a statement saying it received notice from the government that the Physician and Hospital Services for Uninsured Persons Program would wind down as of March 31. The Ministry of Health later confirmed the decision and end date.
OMA President Dr. Rose Zacharias said her organization, which represents the province’s doctors, is “extremely concerned” about the government decision to end the program.
Zacharias said the move will affect patients who face barriers that prevent them from getting a health card in Ontario. She said those could include some people experiencing homelessness, those facing language barriers or mobility issues, many newcomers, foreign workers and international students.