Sustainability of HC system concerns 77% Ontarians

77% of Ontario residents are concerned about the sustainability of the province’s health care system, but only 60% of Ontario residents see value in it, i.e., provides excellent value for dollars spent, according to a 2016 February survey conducted for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce [OCC].

The chamber, which is looking at how to get more innovation into Ontario’s health system, believes now is the time for to focus on health system transformation.

According to chamber President and CEO Allan O’Dette: “We really believe we need to continue metamorphosing toward patient-centric, outcomes-based reform. Now is the time to have that conversation.” said O’Dette. The chamber “fundamentally believes in the single-payer system and frankly we believe the private sector has a role and can be productive bringing new ideas to this file.”

The OCC report states a lack of trust prevents Ontario from making use of private sector know-how. “Public-private partnerships are simply not happening at the rate at which they should because of suspicion and skepticism that partnership could be successful or valuable. Many commentators have identified this mutual distrust between government and industry as one of the most significant barriers to innovation in Ontario health.”



Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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