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Medical Reform Group of Ontario

December 19, 1985

The Medical Reform Group of Ontario is pleased that the Ontario Government has introduced legislation today to ban extra-billing. The group, which represents 150 Ontario physicians, has been concerned that extra-billing presented a financial barrier to health services for some Ontario residents.

The MRG is concerned about the growing practice of doctors to charge fees for telephone calls, referral letters, or other services not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan and regrets there is no mention in the legislation of these potential deterents to access Dr. Michael Rachlis, a spokesman for the group noted that there was no negotiation process mentioned in the bill. He called upon the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health to develop a bargaining process which was fair to the profession and the public. He further appealed to the OMA to accept the will of the Ontario people to ban extra-billing so that, together with other health workers and the public they may address the other important issues which face the health care system.

For further information contact:
Dr. Michael Rachlis
Dr. Philip Berger

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