Here’s my simple plan for getting doctors’ bills under control. Patients should get annual statements from OHIP.
What other service do you pay for but don’t ever see the bill? We go to our doctor. They bill OHIP. We have no idea how much they’ve billed on our behalf. Oh, I’m sure 99% of doctors are legitimately billing patients for services they’ve delivered. But it’s that 1% that niggles. Patients never get to see the what doctors are billing. Not only that, we’ve no idea how much we’re paying for hospital services or trips to walk-in clinics. We don’t value something when we don’t know how much it costs.
And how do we know we’re getting good value for our dollars when we don’t even know the cost of the service?