Daily Prompt: Right To Health
Posted by prideinmadness
I am Canadian so I am the beneficiary of government run healthcare. Living in Ontario means that I am covered under Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and each province and territory has their own government run healthcare plan. OHIP is funded by resident and business taxes as well as money given to the province by the federal government. Each province/territory decides for itself how this money is distributed in their healthcare system. What is cover in Ontario may not be covered in, say, Alberta (and vice versa).
Under OHIP Canadian citizens, permanent residents, those with worker permits who make Ontario their permanent or principal home (must be physically present in Ontario 153 days in any 12-month period. Canadian citizens or permanent residents returning to Canada from another country are not normally covered by OHIP until they have been resident in Ontario for three months) are eligible for OHIP coverage.
OHIP covers emergency and preventative care. Essentially EVERY primary care doctor can provide care under OHIP which means the patient is never billed for their visit, the Ontario government is. OHIP does not cover dental, eye exams and prescription costs but those with certain diseases (ie: diabetes) will be allowed to access these some of these services free of charge or there is “last resort” funding available (Trillium Drug Program).
OHIP is occasionally adding, taking away or changing what is covered. For example: due to new medical evidence OHIP is making vitamin D testing covered for Ontario residents who have Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, Rickets, Malabsorption Syndromes, Renal Disease, Patients on medications that affect vitamin D metabolism. OHIP is ever changing depending on what is most needed, what science tells us and what the people demand.
Where OHIP lacks Ontario also has private insurance which can either be accessed through employment or by an individual/family. I am also covered under my partner’s private insurance. The most I use it for is dental which covers 80% for routine visits and 60% for major procedures and what not. This means that when I went to the dentist a few weeks ago for two fillings and paid $400 I got $300 back and I pay the rest to my Visa when I can.
So, YES!!! I do think that government should play a roll in it’s country’s healthcare! Canadians who do not have access to private insurance still have access to basic healthcare that can greatly improve their lives! I know the USA is constantly worrying about wait lists and reduced care but if it is an emergency THEN THE PATIENT GETS IT!!! Canada is healthier than the USA. Countries with government run healthcare are healthier then those who rely on the private sector.
Please, if you haven’t, watch Sicko by Michael Moore!
At least just try it!!! It will take a bit to work out the kinks but that doesn’t mean it won’t work.
About prideinmadnessI'm 23 years old and live in Toronto, Ontario. I have risen above my psychiatric labels and now use my experience and passion to help improve the conditions for those with mental health issues and changes societies views on mental illness.
Posted on February 7, 2013, in Other Human Rights, The Daily Post and tagged Canada, government, healthcare, medicine, OHIP, patient, Sicko, socialism, The Daily Prompt, USA. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.