Ontario Budget Will Lead to health care wait lists

In a provincial budget that notes Ontario is a “low tax” (and low service) province that spends the least on public services of any province in Canada, the government has unapologetically written a provincial budget that will lead to ballooning health care wait lists, more out-of-pocket costs, and unsafe conditions for Ontario patients. “The funding

Ontario Budget Leaves More than 30,000 Ontarians Waiting for Health Care

The funding levels for health care services in the provincial budget are worse than expected,” noted Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition. “Funding levels announced for hospitals and long-term care are far less than what is needed to maintain existing services, let alone address backlogs. The result will be major cuts to needed

Ontario Budget Leaves More than 30,000 Ontarians Waiting for Health Care

(March 27, 2012) In a provincial budget that notes Ontario is a “low tax” (and low service) province that spends the least on public services of any province in Canada, the government has unapologetically written a provincial budget that will lead to ballooning health care wait lists, more out-of-pocket costs, and unsafe conditions for Ontario

Health Providers Against Poverty Warns Ontario’s Austerity Budget Will Cost by Worsening the Health of Ontario’s Most Vulnerable

March 27, 2012: Health Providers Against Poverty today expressed dismay at the Ontario government’s continued assault on the health and pocketbooks of the province’s poorest residents. A freeze in welfare rates is effectively a cut to the income of people who are struggling to live on almost 60 per cent less than what they received through social assistance 20 years

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario condemns attack on vulnerable people to rein in spending

TORONTO, March 27, 2012 – The province’s so-called plan to keep spending in check will end up hurting vulnerable Ontarians the most, according to the nurses’ association.  Members of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) say the “double whammy of freezing the minimum wage and social assistance rates isn’t just bad social policy – it’s bad health policy,”

Quebec mammogram review finds 109 possible errors

The Collège des médecins du Québec confirms that there was a problem and recommends improvements in quality control The Collège des médecins du Québec confirms that there was a problem and recommends improvements in quality control The findings of the investigation ordered by the executive committee of the Collège des médecins du Québec to review

More Misery for the Poorest Ontarians

In its March 27, 2012 budget, the Ontario government is freezing welfare rates and cutting in half the expected increase in the Ontario Child Benefit, further adding to the marginalization of poor people in Ontario. But according to the Public Health Agency Canada, there is strong and growing evidence that higher social and economic status