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Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018.

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Pay-to-play healthcare on the rise under Doug Ford

February 14, 2024

GUELPH — Ontario Greens Leader and MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to news that a Hamilton primary care clinic is charging patients using a model that allows nurse practitioners to bill directly for access to primary care services.

“Ontarians should never have to pull out their credit card to access primary care. But thanks to Doug Ford, for-profit clinics are on the rise in Ontario.

Nurse practitioner-led clinics absolutely have an important role to play in relieving the strain on our crumbling healthcare system. But it cannot be at the expense of everyday Ontarians.

It’s time for this government to step up and work with healthcare professionals to close this well-known loophole that allows clinics to charge for primary care.

The best way to do that is to invest in our public healthcare system and the people who keep it running.

Healthcare isn’t a commodity – it’s a human right.”