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‘A dangerous time for public medicare’: False promise of privatization won’t solve health-care crisis

Sunday, November 6th, 2022

Pro-privatization doctors and associated businesses are pushing hard to take advantage of Canadians’ fears and frustration that their loved ones will suffer with unmet health needs. But the promises of reduced wait times through privatization ring false for most Canadians… We need to apply pressure to both levels of government to attend to this crisis now. Provinces need to take bold steps, including…

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Ontario should live up to child care deal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

… within months of pledging to partner with the federal government, the province was already stripping a series of checks on funding rules that guarded against “undue profits” and “ineligible expenditures” by operators… The federal government, meanwhile, must make clear that Ontario must live up to the deal it signed, in both detail and spirit.

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Don’t be scared into supporting privatized health care

Monday, September 12th, 2022

The privatization options will not begin to address the problems of a demoralized and depleted health care workforce and the overzealous constraints on public health care spending and will have negative consequences for both equity and efficiency. Debating private care options is a wasteful distraction.

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How will Canada expand a health-care system that’s already struggling?

Saturday, September 10th, 2022

Everyone should have access to routine dental care and vision care and necessary medications — and other things, like mental-health supports and physiotherapy… This is important on humanitarian grounds. It would also, though, optimize the primary-care system: a person who is kept out of hospital by proper dental care means one more bed available for someone who truly needs it. 

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Ontario’s health-care system isn’t candy store to be plundered

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

With our health-care system reeling, Ford is charging ahead with further privatization — Ontario health care is already 40 per cent private — and selling this as a way to save the system through “innovation.” … The system’s problems have been thoroughly studied by countless commissions and the solutions do not involve privatization… Ontario has lots of unused hospital operating rooms, idled after years of cutbacks.

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Ontario extending $10/day child-care opt-in deadline to get more operators to apply

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

Just a few weeks ahead of September, uptake varies widely across municipalities, with some — particularly smaller areas — seeing all or nearly all operators apply, while other regions are seeing less than half of operators applying so far… In Toronto, the largest region, 587 out of a total of 1,042 licensed child-care centres have applied to opt in — and 32 have opted out — though the percentage of for-profit operators that have applied is much lower than the non-profits.

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Why doesn’t Canada let schools provide child care?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Canada’s policy-makers could take lessons from other countries who have streamlined early learning and child care within their schools.  Instead, they are putting up roadblocks, preventing provinces and territories from using federal child-care dollars to transform schools into one-stop centres for young children. 

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Is it really an ER when it opens and closes constantly, or is it just a ‘room’?

Friday, August 12th, 2022

Ontario will “take bold action.” What else could this mean but the right-wing dream that never dies: privatizing public health care, on the model of highly profitable long-term-care homes… You can sense a new zeitgeist today in the rejection of neo-liberal globalization by the same parties in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that ushered it in. And in an openness to larger public activity on COVID and climate change.

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Ontario’s for-profit child-care owners demonstrate why they can’t be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child-care system

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

As families in Ontario wait for child care fee relief, some for-profit child care owners seem more interested in continuing the status quo of sky-high parent fees and rock bottom wages for early childhood educators. They take issue with the new Canada-wide child care system, complaining that it threatens their bottom lines. In doing so, they are proving exactly why they cannot be trusted to build Canada’s $10-a-day child care program. For them it’s profits over parents, every time.

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How do we ‘fix’ Canadian health care? Not by forcing patients to pay

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

While we undoubtedly need to invest more public funds in our health care system, we need to do it transparently and strategically… Those looking to hand our health care system to corporate investors see a lucrative opportunity in private pay health care. It’s a seemingly simple and neat solution — but it’s wrong. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need our publicly funded health care system to be there for all of us.

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