Adolfo Flora

September 19, 2007 14:29 ET

I'm living proof the Ontario Health Care System needs to change

Ask candidates about Ontario health care

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) - My name is Adolfo Flora. I am 58 years old. I'm living proof the Ontario Health Care System needs to change. Because I'm supposed to be dead.

With an election just around the corner, the Ontario public should be aware of what they may face in light of a life threatening illness. I had to leave Ontario in order to save my own life.

Voters should ask candidates: where they stand on the principles of universal health care; what their vision of universal health care entails; if they favour a change in how decisions on funding life-saving expenses are made and if so, what kind of change.

Mr. Smitherman speaks about the need to sustain the public health care system. I must reply that the desire to sustain the current system is no defence for unjustifiably narrow guidelines in what is a world of global medicine.

I would ask Mr. Smitherman if a rigid system, which ignores international medical expertise, is worth sustaining.

I hope Mr. Smitherman, and every other candidate, will commit to ensuring substantive changes to make Ontario's health system fairer and truly world class.

Ontario families should not have to "beg" for the support they have been promised, that they have earned the right to and, that they have already paid for.

Perhaps now is the time for the people of Ontario to re-think this monopolistic, government controlled system of public health care.

There is much more to my story. I wish I did not have to tell it but I am compelled to do so, in the hope that no other Ontario family will have to endure what we have - pain, disappointment and seemingly endless court battles.
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Adolfo (Tony) Flora

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