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Toronto Board of Health calls for an end to the three-month wait for OHIP eligibility

Following the recommendations of the city’s Medical Officer of Health, the Toronto Board of Health is calling on the Ontario government to end the three-month wait for OHIP coverage for new residents and improve access to care to the city’s residents who are presently without health coverage.

The three-month rule is particularly difficult for new immigrants with permanent resident status and those returning to Canada after having lived abroad.

While there are agencies and health practitioners that provide limited health care to the uninsured population, a city staff report notes that demand far exceeds supply.

Others without OHIP coverage include people who have lost their identification, some refugees, temporary visa holders and undocumented residents.

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