Canadian doctors withdraw prenatal care

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:511

Canadian doctors' frustration at the cuts in the federal Medicare system is shown by the refusal of some family practitioners and obstetricians in Ontario, the country's richest province, to provide prenatal care for new patients.

This is an attempt to force the provincial government to stop paying the doctors less than the full scheduled fees. Such partial payments, known as clawbacks, were introduced by the government to try to control rising health care costs. The Ontario government has also recently unilaterally ended its subsidy for …

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