Home | News Releases | Calendar | Getting Publicity | Media Lists | Governments | Contact | Sources Select News RSS Feed |


News Release

User Fees Could Lead To
Two-tiered Medical System

March 31, 1983


The Medical Reform Group of Ontario, an organization of socially-concerned physicians and medical students, has expressed its support of the position taken by the Federal Minister of Health and Welfare, Monique Begin, regarding user fees and extra billing.

The MRG believes that health care is a right that must be guaranteed without financial or other deterrents. The MRG opposes any tendency away from unqualified universality wherein all residents are covered for insured services. Such restraints on accessibility erode the foundations of medicare.

In the opinion of the MRG, funding for health care should come from progressive forms of taxation. Extra billing should be abolished. Further, the MRG recommends that user fees and other privatization measures be abandoned.

Extra billing, in the view of the MRG, prohibits those who cannot pay from access to the services of non-participating physicians. User fees will result in those who are sick paying more than the well and utilization being determined by ability to pay rather than the need for services. This will lead to an unacceptable two-tiered health care system.


Contact:
G. Howard Cash

Subject Headings: Abortion Rights Community Health Community Health Centres Drug Substitution Epidemiology Epidemiology/Community Medicine Health Administration Health Care Budgets Health Care Cost Containment Health Care Costs Health Care Delivery Health Care Finance & Fund-Raising Health Care in Canada Health Care in Ontario Health Care in the U.K. Health Care in the U.S. Health Care Myths Health Care Reform Health Care Resources Health Care Services Health Care Workers Health Clinics Health Determinants Health Economics Health Expenditures Health Issues Health Policy Health Policy/SeniorsHealth Service Organizations Health/Social Justice Issues Health Statistics Health/Strategic Planning History Hospitals Labour Medicine Medical Associations Medical Costs/Foreign Medical Education Medical Ethics Medical Human Resources Medical Personnel Medical Research Funding Medicare Medication Use Medication Use/Seniors NAFTA/Health Occupational Health & Safety Patients' Rights Pharmaceuticals Physician Compensation Physician Human Resources Pro-Choice Issues Public Health Publications/Health Social Policy Women's Health




Sources
812A Bloor Street West, Suite 201      sources@sources.ca
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1L9, Canada         Tel: 416–964–7799
Copyright © Sources, All rights reserved.