Healthcare ‘super agency’ wrong solution for Ontario’s four big problems: Bob Bell
2019-02-07 from thestar.com
I am a healthcare rink rat. Like the kid who can’t wait to get to the local arena, I love Ontario health care.
I love our operating rooms, ER’s, and the clinics where dedicated teams provide compassionate care every day. I admire the homecare workers who keep frail seniors independent in their communities and have enormous respect for private companies like Schlegel Villages, which operate world-class nursing homes.
After spending a lifetime working in a variety of roles in Ontario health, I cannot help but speak out when I see that our health care is being put at risk.
For the last 30 years, Ontario has developed an enviable reputation for making improvements to its health system, one step at a time and avoiding the radical gyrations that have damaged other systems across Canada.
Incremental improvement has come from all sides of the political spectrum. Premier Mike Harris accomplished the controversial work of hospital restructuring and his Health Minister Tony Clement reformed Cancer Care Ontario to create one of the best cancer systems in the world.
Former Liberal Health Minister Deb Matthews created a quality culture you can feel today at the front lines of care with clinicians who grew up under her quality legislation. And Premier Bob Rae’s NDP government introduced the original home care legislation in 1994.
This non-partisan attention to improving health care has resulted in a system that is the least expensive in Canada, has the best wait times, has dramatically improved the risk of Ontarians dying prematurely and brings medical trainees from around the world to learn how we do it.
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