The patients described here have been seriously harmed because they were denied access when they needed healthcare. Other patients have died. They reside here, work here and pay Ontario taxes. They live in your community as nannies to your children, as waitresses in restaurants, as migrant farm workers and as crossing guards. The dominant demographic group that is denied access is comprised of children, youth and pregnant women. These are typical cases and each is the result of OHIP denial – each results in cruel and unusual health and financial outcomes. These cases are drawn from CCRIHC’s medical charts and patients experience.

Sami: 4 year old, trapped in Syria and denied

Sami was 4 years old when the war in Syria escalated rapidly. Born in Canada to a naturalized Canadian citizen, Sami and his family had travelled to the Middle East for a 2 week visit to family. On the way home they were trapped in Syria by the war. They…...

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Nadia: Age 2, just a bill for $9,000 +

Nadia, 2 years old, currently lives in Toronto. She has lived in Toronto since she was 2 months old. So far in her life, all her vaccinations and medical care have come at walk-in clinics and Emergency Departments. She has no OHIP, meaning all her healthcare costs must be paid…...

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Samir: 12 year old denied coverage

Samir and his mother arrived in Canada from Afghanistan as permanent residents. Samir was 12 when he saw his father killed in the Afghan conflict. He and his mother came to Canada with the help of Canadian soldiers who rescued them, and our embassy. Their access to Canadian health insurance…...

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Tem: 6 year old with pneumonia turned away

When Tem arrived as a landed immigrant in Canada from Darfur he was 6 years old. He arrived in the winter. Two weeks later, Tem began having fevers and developed pneumonia. He was turned away from a Toronto Hospital due to lack of health coverage. His condition worsened over the…...

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A premature baby: A Big Bill

Zohra and Farid arrived as permanent residents to Canada, from Asia. From application stages to entry, the process had taken 4 years. When Diana’s papers came through, she was 4 months pregnant. If Diana delayed her immigration until her infant was born, their permanent resident status for Canada would be…...

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Sonia: Malaria and Pregnant 2014

Sonia, her husband, and their 18 month old son arrived in Ontario from Cameroon, as permanent residents. Sonia was 5 months pregnant when they arrived. Like all new Canadians that Ontario accepts, the family had to wait 3 months for OHIP. Three weeks after arriving, Sonia became severely ill. She…...

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Sandra: a nanny domestic – no pregnancy care

When Sandra arrived to Canada 2 years ago, she came as a recruited domestic nanny from The Philippines. Her employer fired her 2 years later when they learned she was pregnant. Unable to find work, Ontario withdrew her OHIP. Now Sandra resides in a Scarborough shelter. She is unable to…...

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Krishna: a treacherous refugee journey

Krishna escaped to Canada when drug gangs and civil war ravaged her nation. She sustained a gunshot wound to the head that left her with paralysis on one half of her body. Krishna was a social worker when she applied for refugee safety in Canada. Her application was turned down…...

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