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Read moreThe federal government announced last week that it is banning the use of public funds to pay for private medical care.
The move follows a review by Health Canada that found the private system has been a burden for Canadians.
The move has angered some in the private sector, who say the ban is unfair to patients.
The federal health minister said Thursday that a review of private health care services conducted in 2011 found the use was “unnecessary and inequitable” to Canadians.
“We have decided to restrict the use by government of funds from this province to private health services to provide those services in our province,” said Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
While many people say private health providers can do a better job, some say it’s unfair to taxpayers to support a system that does not work.
As a result of the government’s decision, private health insurance plans will no longer be allowed to provide coverage for private health workers.
It is also affecting the lives of some of Canada’s most vulnerable people.
Health experts say there are currently about 15,000 people in the province with a disability, or a medical condition, that requires the use, care and treatment of a doctor or nurse.
Many people have been waiting for help for years, including many who had no other option.
One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Globe that she is in the process of trying to get a specialist to perform a hysterectomy for her chronic back pain.
She also said she is considering getting a new home for her and her two daughters because she is not able to get medical treatment in her home province.
When asked about the use in private health, Philpot told reporters that it “has to be considered in the context of the overall health of a population, not just the health of one individual.”
The minister said the government will also work with provincial governments to ensure that the government provides health care for the needs of the population.
In the meantime, the province will continue to provide the services and care that Canadians need, Philpot said.
With files from The Canadian Press