TORONTO – Canada’s health minister says the Ontario government’s plan to eliminate out-of-country health insurance could jeopardize access to necessary medical care.
Ginette Petitpas Taylor says in a letter to her Ontario counterpart Christine Elliott that the policy will lead to higher private health insurance premiums.
Petitpas Taylor says that even modest increases in insurance rates could pose a hardship for people who travel regularly to the United States for work or leisure.
The program currently covers out-of-country inpatient services up to $400 per day for a higher level of care, such as intensive care, as well up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient and doctor services.
In May, Elliott announced the decision to scrap the program following a six-day public consultation, saying it is very costly and does not provide value to taxpayers.
The province spends $2.8 million to administer approximately $9 million in claim payments through the program every year.