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Ontario Health Coalition report highlights deceptive practices and extra fees in private clinics

Some patients reported that the clinics informed them of excessively long wait times at public facilities as a way to trick them into taking the for-profit service.

Published Apr 16, 2024 at 7:43pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Ontario Health Coalition report highlights deceptive practices and extra fees in private clinics
Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones attends the official opening of Kensington Health's expanded hospice facility in Toronto, on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

A new report conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) claims that many patients who underwent surgeries at private clinics were deceived into paying additional fees for supplementary services.

The procedures should be covered by public funding.

The report was based on interviews with 18 patients, and also included 231 responses from a patient survey about extra-billing and user fees.

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