Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 25, 2007 17:30 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Hampton Makes Life More Affordable by Re-Listing Health Services

ELLIOT LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - A correction from source is issued in respect to the news release published at 15:28 ET, September 25, 2007. In the 5th paragraph, $400 has been changed to $400 million. The complete and corrected version follows.

During a campaign stop at the Algo Inn, Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton and Algoma-Manitoulin Candidate Peter Denley met with community members to detail the NDP's plan to re-list health care services and make life more affordable for families.

"The NDP will put physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and eye exams back in the public health care system. Taking them out was privatization and it was unfair. Our party is committed to protecting public health care and making life more affordable for Ontario families," said Hampton.

Arguing that de-listing is a form of privatization, Hampton said he would end the practice which forces patients to pay out-of-pocket for much-needed health care services that help prevent further illness and help manage chronic disease.

"It's not right that we have people who are forced to spend large sums of money to keep going for physiotherapy or chiropractic care. If you're on a fixed income and can't afford to pay for these services, you have to suffer," said Hampton.

"We're going to fix this by investing $100 million to re-list physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and eye exams. We're also investing $230 million a year to expand and improve home care within the public health care system. We're committing $400 million for front-line health care professionals like nurses, doctors and others. Finally, we will bring back a minimum standard of 3 1/2 hours of personal care for seniors in long-term care homes," he said.

While McGuinty could find the money for expensive privatization experiments and a $40,000 salary increase for himself, he de-listed these preventive services that save the health system a significant amount of money because illnesses are detected early.

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