Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 02, 2007 13:46 ET

McGuinty Avoids Private ER in Nearby Cambridge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty's avoiding Cambridge Memorial hospital today - not surprising since it's still the home of Ontario's first privatized emergency room.

St Mary's General, where McGuinty will visit today, is a mere twenty minute drive away from Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Last year, they turned control of their emergency room over to Med-Emerg International Inc. - a private company.

McGuinty refused to block the move saying: "If I've got to choose between a privately funded doctor and no doctor, then I'd take the privately funded doctor obviously" (CBC News, Sept 28, 2006).

Med-Emerg's six-month contract was quietly renewed last March for another six months (The Kitchener Waterloo Record, Friday, March 30, 2007)

Private ERs are just one part of McGuinty's private health record:

- Dalton McGuinty's first budget de-listed chiropractic care, eye
care, and physiotherapy services - forcing patients to pay
out-of-pocket for these services.
- Dalton McGuinty is not only moving ahead with private-money
for-profit hospitals in Brampton and Ottawa; he's announced over 30
more across
- Ontario. The Toronto Star noted, "The new facilities will be built
and operated virtually the same way as proposed by the former Tory
government." (November 22, 2003)
- Cutthroat bidding for home care providers has resulted in an
unstable, fragmented, broken system with long waiting lists, job
insecurity for workers, and no continuity of care for patients.
- McGuinty is turning a blind eye to the private, two-tier health
clinics cropping up across Ontario. For example the Medicor Cancer
Clinic in Toronto, allows anyone with $2500 to join and receive
exclusive treatment including intensive care, counselling and
portable electronic health records specifically for fee-paying
cancer patients.

As for St Mary's they note on their website: "Due to declining government support and the rapid pace of technological advances, the Hospital relies more and more on community donations to meet its equipment and renovation needs."
SOURCE: http://www.smgh.ca/%7EFoundation/fnd_about-history.asp

According to their most recent annual report, the Hospital relied on over $6,250,148 in community donations to fund capital projects, equipment, and research - an increase of over 92% from 2000-2001. (Source: St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Annual Report 2006 and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation "Fall 2001 House Call")

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