Good news for Ontario residents on dialysis who travel abroad

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Health Minister Christine Elliott says Ontarians with kidney failure will get some funding for dialysis services while travelling abroad.

Her announcement today follows concerns over cancellation of provincial out-of-country health insurance.

The government announced earlier this year that it was ending the insurance program, saying it didn't provide value to taxpayers and provided only limited coverage.

The program covered out-of-country inpatient services up to $400 per day for a higher level of care, such as intensive care, as well up to $50 per day for emergency outpatient and doctor services.

But Ontarians who rely on dialysis said they needed that funding to be able to travel for work or to visit family, saying they can't get private insurance to cover the cost.

Elliott now says that a new program operated by the Ontario Renal Network will reimburse dialysis patients $210 per treatment, the same rate as the program that is being cancelled, starting January 1st.