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Smith supports implementation of for-profit clinics to improve wait times for surgeries and procedures

Smith supports implementation of for-profit clinics to improve wait times for surgeries and procedures

Posted: 2023-01-17 07:43:49 By: thebay

Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka says that the government’s new approach to healthcare will help the province clear the surgical backlog of people waiting for surgical procedures including here in the riding.

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced the first of three phases allowing surgical and diagnostic clinics to perform 14,000 more cataract operations per year.

Later this year the province will expand community and surgical diagnostic centres. Cataracts, MRI, CT, colonoscopy, and endoscopy will be covered.  That will be followed by hip and knee replacements performed by private clinics in 2024.

Smith says that for-profit clinics will reduce hospital workloads and alleviate backlogs in the current system which he said is not working.

Smith denies that for profit clinics are the start of a two-tier system for healthcare, saying that “you will pay for these services with your OHIP card, not your credit card.”