When budgets and Legislation meet. The Ontario Health Coalition alerts us to new relevant legislation and Defend Public Health Care critics of the provincial health budget.
It would be useful to have actual discussion on the meaning and practical impacts of what is happening here. For example, are provincial funds being strengthened into core parts of the Social Determinants of Health like housing and employment instead of going into the category of health care? Thus potentially suggesting a re-framing of “Health” by the government?
The Ontario government is moving forward with legislation that lifts the ban on private hospitals, rolls private hospitals in with private clinics and renames them, offensively, Community Health Facilities, and makes it easier for private hospitals and clinics to expand and more difficult for the Minister to stop them.This legislation was brought in with no prior public consultation. It is a massive omnibus bill that repeals or enacts 7 entire Acts, and amends more than 30 Acts. We were given 5 minutes to present to the Standing Committee on this massive piece of legislation. Now we have only four days to try to get the worst part of it withdrawn. Without due consideration of the consequences, the government is making a grave mistake that could easily usher in very significant new privatization and threats to our local public hospitals.
Health care funding
Across Canada real per person funding is in its fourth consecutive year of increase. Since 2009, real provincial funding across Canada is up $89 — 3.6%.In fact the funding gap between Ontario and Canada as a whole has gown consistently for years (as set out below in current dollars).See the full presentation by Doug Alan, Defend Public Health Care here: