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  • Writer's pictureAshley Hyshka

Robbing from the public to build the private

New OHC report sheds light on plight of Ontario hospitals

A digital Intensive Care Unit room at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in Vaughan, Ontario on Monday, January 18, 2021. The new hospital is being opened to take patients from other hospitals that are strained by COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A scathing new report from the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is criticizing the Ford government’s handling of its publicly funded healthcare system, and accuses the provincial government of intentionally starving the system in order to fund private hospitals and for-profit clinics.

According to the OHC report, ‘Robbing from the public to build the private: The Ford government’s hospital privatization scheme,’ the public has funded local hospitals for the past 70 years, but local hospitals “in every region of Ontario have operating rooms sitting idle the majority of the time."

The report adds these spaces are going unused “while the Ford government is shunting unprecedented public money to private for-profit clinics and hospitals to build new operating rooms.”


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