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  • Writer's pictureKatherine DeClerq

Ontario Expanding Private Surgery This Spring

Last Updated Wednesday, January 17, 2024 12:14 PM EST

The Ontario government will be allowing even more private clinics to perform surgical and diagnostic procedures in an effort to reduce wait times.

The announcement, made Wednesday by Health Minister Sylvia Jones, expands on legislation passed in May that allows private for-profit and not-for –profit clinics to conduct surgeries covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The procedures covered include cataract surgeries, MRI and CT scans, minimally invasive gynecological surgeries, and knee and hip replacements.

Jones said that more than 900 community surgical and diagnostic centres are operating in Ontario to date.

Beginning in spring 2024, the government will allow more centres to conduct these surgeries. Jones said this will allow for additional MRI and CT scans, GI endoscopies and orthopedic surgeries to be completed.


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