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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Board of health wants end to OHIP wait for immigrants

Megan Ogilvie reports in today's Toronto Star:

"Toronto’s Board of Health is urging the provincial government to eliminate the three-month wait newcomers face for access to OHIP.

A report, presented and passed at Tuesday’s board meeting, presses the government to change the Health Insurance Act to make newly landed immigrants eligible for OHIP from day one.

Scrapping the three-month moratorium would protect public health by helping to ensure newcomers get timely diagnoses and treatments for communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and measles, said Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown.

This is the second time the board has asked the province to eliminate the wait time."

Read the article here

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