-Wynne announces commitment to speed up elimination of red and white
health cards to reduce fraud-
TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate
Kathleen Wynne MPP announced yesterday that if elected Premier, she
would speed up the elimination of Ontario's red and white health cards
as a measure to reduce fraud.
ACT Canada, a non-profit association whose members drive payment
evolution and digital identity, commends Ms. Wynne on this prudent move
to reduce health card fraud in Ontario.
"We are thrilled that Ms. Wynne has taken leadership on this important
issue. Card fraud affects the quality of care for all Ontarians and is
the proverbial low hanging fruit when it comes to reducing costly and
unnecessary expenditures," said Catherine Johnston, President & CEO of
ACT Canada. "We would like to see all Liberal leadership candidates and
party leaders announce support for the elimination of red and white
cards and investment in even more secure green cards to combat fraud."
Ontario's Auditor General raised concerns of card fraud in his 2003
Annual Report and suggested that the majority of fake cards are used in
Toronto and along the Canada-U.S. border.
In May 2011, British Columbia's government acknowledged they had health
card fraud with 9.1 million cards for a population of 4.5 million. They
are moving to a secure chip-based card.
The Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (CHCAA) estimates that 2
to 10 per cent health care dollars in North America are lost to fraud.
In 2010-11, Ontario spent $44.77 billion on health care, suggesting
that potential annual Ontario health care fraud costs could be between
$895.4 million and $4.47 billion.
SOURCE: ACT Canada
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