The provincial government is taking action to ensure Ontarians are not being charged extra fees to access health care services that are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). There is a new 1-800 number and email address that is available to any Ontarian who believes he or she has been “extra-billed” for an insured health service. Anyone in Ontario can make a complaint or ask questions by calling toll-free at 1-888-662-6613 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well, all health service providers will be sent reminder notices to ensure that they fully understand their legal obligations to provide equal access to services to all Ontarians – regardless of ability to pay, who they are, or where they live. The government will take action against health service providers who are found to have consistent patterns of extra-billing for insured services.
For more information go to: www.news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en/.