• 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 »

  • Ontario Government Program Spending is far Lower than the Rest of Canada

    The Ontario government spent 1.6 per cent less of provincial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to the other provinces in 2010-11. With sharp cutbacks in Ontario, that gap had increased to 2.1 per cent by 2014/15. On this basis, Ontario spent about $15-billion less on programs than the other provinces and territories. On a per … Keep reading »

  • Against Privatization: Health Coalition Demands Funding for Hospitals

    The 1960s were about much more than protesting the war in Vietnam. It was also a time of cultural upheaval as a new generation challenged capitalist values, including its shallow democracy, and environmental issues emerged both in the workplace and in the community. One response by the state in the core capitalist countries was to … Keep reading »

  • Healthcare in Canada and the U.S. in an ‘Age of Permanent Austerity’

    An interview with Robert Chernomas by Robin Chang In North American debates over healthcare, Canada’s universal public ‘single-payer’ system of health insurance is often celebrated compared to the private employer-delivered system for being lower cost, more accessible, and producing superior health outcomes. But recently, the Canada Health Accord has ended, and ‘Obamacare’ has been installed, which … Keep reading »

  • Health Care Spending In Ontario Continues to Decline

    Contrary to the hysteria from conservatives, health care spending continues to decline as a percentage of the provincial budget. Last year, health care accounted for 38.5 per cent of total expenditures, this year the government plans to bring it down to 38.3 per cent. This continues the trend downward since 2003/04 when health care accounted … Keep reading »