Please consider supporting the OHIP For All campaign to make healthcare in Ontario truly universal. It can be as simple as signing their open letter. See below for the letter and more ways you can get involved!
In Canada, we believe we have a universal healthcare system. In reality, though, an estimated 500,000 people* in Ontario are denied healthcare coverage because of their immigration status. Many children, adults, and seniors have been denied care in emergency rooms, have been asked for thousands of dollars upfront for healthcare, have received massive bills, or have foregone necessary healthcare. People have died as a result of our system in Ontario that denies care to those in need.
We can stop unnecessary and high cost health complications. We can stop denying sick people care. We can create the society we all want to live in by providing healthcare for all people living in Ontario, regardless of immigration status.
3. Take a minute to watch this powerful story of Miguel’s journey and share it with your friends! Forward this message broadly to any other listservs/Facebook groups you have access to. We want to get the message out as far and wide as we can!
[The OHIP for All Campaign is a collaboration of health care workers, students, social service providers, migrants, and community members. It is endorsed by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the Association of Ontario Midwives, the Association of Ontario Health Centres (representing Ontario’s 74 Community Health Centres, 11 Community Family Health Teams, 10 Aboriginal Health Access Centres, and 13 NP-Led Clinics), and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (representing 231 agencies across Ontario) among others.]