Doug Ford's Government Just Cut A Bunch Of OHIP Services & Ontarians Aren't Happy - 2019-10-02
Several program cuts to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) just came into effect on Tuesday, October 1 that are supposed to improve the quality of patient care. The OHIP changes were proposed on August 22 of this year, and the Ontario Ministry of Health claims that this will save taxpayers $83 million a year. Physician-led Appropriateness Working Group (AWG) reviewed several OHIP-insured services earlier this year and deemed some of them unnecessary or overused, which led to the cuts.
AWG "used evidence, best practices and expert opinion to identify and update the delivery of certain services to help ensure the most effective care for Ontario patients," said the news release.
While a variety of things have been cut from OHIP, some of these new cuts that will be hitting Ontarians include some urine pregnancy tests, removal of ear wax, and "unnecessary" x-rays.