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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Payne

Is it Fair to Charge Fees for Access to Primary Care?

NDP leader urges Ontario government to ban fees for access to primary care

An Ottawa woman was charged $110 at an Appletree clinic to see a nurse practitioner for a routine Pap test.

Published Mar 13, 2024


Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles says the charging of fees for primary care in the province is “starting to get worse.” PHOTO BY TONY CALDWELL /Postmedia

Ontario NDP Leader Marit Stiles says she shares the outrage of an Ottawa woman who was charged $110 at an Appletree clinic to see a nurse practitioner for a routine Pap test.


“The Doug Ford Conservatives like to say that you pay for health care with your OHIP card, not your credit card. That is not true. It is misleading. It is happening right now,” said Stiles, who has been in Ottawa to tour health centres and meet with health and housing experts.


She said the Ontario government needed to act decisively and ban such practices.


A spokesperson for Health Minister Sylvia Jones said this week that the province would investigate the clinic near Carling and Woodroffe avenues after learning about the Ottawa woman’s experience.


Eileen Murphy said she registered with the clinic for a family doctor for herself and her husband after being without a doctor since 2022.



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