Should OHIP cover surgery in private clinics?
September 20, 2007 | 01:25 PM
Months-long waiting lists are a reality for patients awaiting surgery across the country. Conservative Leader John Tory says he'll fix the long delay in Ontario by allowing private clinics to handle things like knee or hip replacements for the public system.
He said private clinics can take pressure off the public system by performing procedures for the same fee charged by hospitals. His plan would have participating clinics accept only OHIP payments and not personal cheques or private insurance, thus preventing well-off individuals from jumping the queue.
Critics, meanwhile, say this could have a devastating effect on public health care by, among other things, luring specialists and professionals away from the public system. Some suggest it could also add to the public health-care tab if the doors are just thrown wide open.
How do you feel about private clinics being able to offer common surgeries? What effect do you think this would have on the health care system?