Ontarians must consider real health-care reform

Ontarians are less than a month away from choosing their next provincial government and polls suggest the province is looking for change with both the PCs and NDP leading the governing Liberals.

Unfortunately, none of the three major party platforms include genuine health-care reform, which is badly needed in the province.

Health-care spending by the provincial government, set to reach $61.3 billion next fiscal year, is already the single largest area of spending, consuming 42% of all provincial government program spending.

 

While all the parties recognize the need for improvement, they’re all simply calling for more spending on health care rather than reform.

The governing Liberals, for instance, have called for $822 million in new hospital care and infrastructure spending, $2.1 billion for mental health, and $575 million to expand the province’s prescription drug coverage to seniors.