Nov. 14, 2016 Toronto, ON – The Ontario government must increase investment in its health-care system to meet Ontarians’ growing needs.
After repeated years of flat-lined hospital budgets and cuts to the necessary medical care provided by physicians, the “investments” announced in today’s fall economic statement by the Liberal government are not enough to meet the needs of patients in Ontario.
Ontario’s doctors hear repeatedly from patients who are unable to access the care they need when they need it. We know that wait-lists are long, and growing longer in communities around the province. That is despite there being doctors trained and ready to provide the care patients are waiting for – such as hip replacements. The problem is a lack of funding for hospitals and for the doctors who provide the services our patients need.
Ontario’s growing and aging population is putting an increasing strain on our publicly-funded health-care system, and underfunding the health-care needs of Ontarians is simply not sustainable.
Ontario’s doctors are committed to working as partners to protect the quality, patient-focused care Ontario’s families deserve, but we are routinely left out of important health-care discussions. For example, the government is pushing ahead with Bill 41 despite repeated calls from Ontario’s doctors that the legislation needs substantive changes before it is passed. We have a number of concerns with the Bill, as it allows politicians and bureaucrats to prioritize their decisions about the health-care system over the care needs of patients.
By continuing to underfund the health-care system, the government is threatening access to the quality, patient-focused care Ontarians need and expect.
Dr. Virginia M. Walley,
Ontario Medical Association