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Ontario Doctors' Group expects
swift end to extra-billing

May 5, 1985

The Medical Reform Group of Ontario announced today that it expected the government to table legislation in the next session to outlaw physician extra-billing. The legislature now contains a majority of members from the Liberal and New Democratic Parties who campaigned against this odious practice. The people of Ontario demonstrated clearly on May 2nd their resistance to Premier Miller's support of the Ontario Medical Association's position. It is not just the Ontario citizens who are extra-billed who are financially pressed. All Ontarioans suffer because of the $50 million penalty against extra-billing that Ottawa levied with the Canada Health Act passed in 1984. The Medical Reform Group, which represents 150 physicians, has urged an end to extra-billing since the group's establishment in 1979.

Contact: Dr. Michael Rachlis

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