Tag: Healthcare

  • PC Government Plans Many More Healthcare Cuts

    The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) Economic and Budget Outlook review has identified planned government spending savings that come via [1] announced program changes (program cuts like the government’s cut to OHIP+), [2] announced efficiency targets (identified areas where the government hopes it will find savings without service cuts), and [3] cuts that have … Keep reading »

  • Healthcare Funding Means Cuts are Coming

    The group that will do the best out of the recent provincial Budget are the doctors. According to the just released Budget Estimates, OHIP funding (which goes overwhelmingly to physicians and practitioners) will go up $1.2-billion. Keep reading »

  • Day of Action Against Healthcare Cuts and Privatization

    Across Ontario, in more than one hundred hospitals and healthcare facilities, staff and patient advocates staged an “Health Action Day” on Tuesday April 23rd. Keep reading »

  • Fighting Ford: Ontario’s New Healthcare Act

    It is called “The People’s Health Care Act.” But the new healthcare omnibus Bill 74 does not reflect his promises to “the people” in the election. Keep reading »

  • Hospital Overload: Ford Government Begins Its Assault on Ontario Hospitals

    The advisor on healthcare to the Ontario Conservative Government of Doug Ford, Rueben Devlin, released his report on January 31 with the headline that “more hospital beds will not solve hallway medicine,” subtly twisting – and contradicting – the Ford government’s election pledge. Keep reading »

  • The Fight to Rebuild and Improve Public Healthcare

    Analysis of the cuts to healthcare funding in Ontario and what we need to do to secure, rebuild and improve public healthcare for all. Watch video »

  • Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed

    This brief is part of a cross province campaign by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE to alert the public to the dangers to hospital and healthcare posed by a Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government. Keep reading »

  • Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care

    After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto on 16 May 2018 at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to healthcare. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to protect public healthcare in the public interest, she … Watch video »

  • Healthcare Funding Falls, Again

    Real provincial government healthcare funding per-person has fallen again this year in Ontario, the third year in a row. Since 2009 real funding per-person has fallen 2.6% – $63 per person. Across Canada real per person funding is in its fourth consecutive year of increase. Since 2009, real provincial funding across Canada is up $89 … Keep reading »

  • Privatizing Healthcare: More Private Funding of Hospitals

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports that total expenditures on Ontario hospitals increased to $23.7-billion in 2016. This is an increase of 2.4% since 2015 and 6.1% since 2012. While provincial government expenditures increased 4.7% over the four years between 2012 and 2016, private sector expenditures on hospitals increased at a much faster … Keep reading »

  • Private Billing and Health Clinics: Rebuild Capacity in Public Hospitals

    In the Globe and Mail this weekend, physicians who are extra-billing patients for services at private clinics justified themselves by complaining that they cannot get operating room time and waits are too long in the public system. Let’s be honest, these problems do exist. But these problems do not justify double-billing – charging the public … Keep reading »

  • Violence Against Healthcare Workers: A Canadian Experience

    According to healthcare workers interviewed this past year by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the health and wellbeing of the individuals devoted to caring for our health seems to be increasingly at risk from angry, frustrated, or out of control patients. Their experiences are chilling. “Very quickly, the … Keep reading »