Austerity and the Crisis in Healthcare

Analysis of the Ontario Government’s Economic Statement Ontario’s government released its economic statement today (March 25). Overall, they are providing $3.3-billion for healthcare, another $3.7-billion in supports for people and businesses, and $10-billion for other deferrals and tax “relief.” The Ontario Health Coalition’s key message: The overall funding announcement for healthcare of $3.3-billion amounts to a … Keep reading »

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