Improving health care in Ontario

National – opinion/letter – Improving health care in Ontario
Published: Saturday, April 19, 2008

Re: Our Hospitals Deserve Better Treatment, Yoel Abells, April 16.

Dr. Abells’ cynicism about the state of health care is not surprising. Decisions made in the 1990s left us with a broken system that could not keep up with the demand for services.

As a result of our government’s investments, medical schools will have graduated 330 more family doctors this year, and we will be hiring 9,000 more nurses to care for our families. That is 17.55 million more hours of care. Over 80,000 more Ontarians are now receiving health services in their homes than before we came to office.

The creation of the Local Health Integration Networks to plan health care locally gives the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care the opportunity to take on a stewardship roll focusing on the kind of longer-term planning advocated by Dr. Abells.

These are just a few reasons why Ontarians should remain confident that their government is designing a system that will do what it can to help people stay healthy, deliver good care when they need it and ensure the sustainability of the system for future generations.

George Smitherman, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

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