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Scrap wait periods to help newcomers – doctors urge governments

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Hundreds of doctors, nurses and activists are calling on provincial governments to ensure immediate access to free health care for new arrivals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott this week, the group “OHIP For All” says urgent action is needed in light of a looming public health emergency in Canada.
“We are deeply concerned about these pre-existing barriers to health care for uninsured individuals in Canada, and the potential public health implications in the context of a pandemic,” the letter states. “As a group of health-care providers and community members, we call on all levels of government, health institutions, and public health leaders to act now to ensure care for everyone.”
Typically, new arrivals in Canada have to wait at least three months to access provincial health coverage.

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