In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) issued a directive to extend funding for all medically necessary hospital care to residents without health insurance. Members of the Health Network for
Uninsured Clients (HNUC) have observed significant improvements to healthcare access for uninsured clients since the MOH directive has been in place.
This report highlights their observations and stories about how the directive has changed access to healthcare and its impacts on the wellbeing of people
without health insurance.