Don’t panic over Ontario’s looming healthcare overhaul, former top bureaucrat says
2019-02-07 from thestar.com
A prominent member of Premier Doug Ford’s health advisory council is urging Ontarians not to panic over a looming overhaul of the healthcare system, saying “relax” until the plan is made public.
The advice from Michael Decter, deputy health minister in former premier Bob Rae’s NDP government of the early 1990s, comes amid conflicting versions of the shape a “transformation” acknowledged by Health Minister Christine Elliott will take following the leak of confidential draft legislation.
While New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath, whose office has received other leaked documents related to the creation of a new healthcare “super agency” with powers to increase privatization of medical services, Elliott flatly denies the charge and has insisted nothing is “finalized.”
“People should just relax a little bit and not see this as the start of a war,” Decter said Wednesday, noting he was speaking for himself and not for the council headed by Dr. Rueben Devlin.
“Nothing really moves that fast in health care.”
Among the internal government documents obtained by the NDP are pages outlining February deadlines for cabinet approval with the transformation plan being launched later this month, and issuing a call in March for “expressions of interest” in between 30 and 50 “MyCare” groups to provide integrated healthcare across the province.
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