January 10, 2013 05:00 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 10, 2013) -
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The Ontario Health Coalition, representing more than 400 organizations dedicated to protecting public health care, warns that the Ontario government's proposed Seniors' Strategy threatens the core principle of universal health care for all.
"Universality is a core principle for health care. As more and more services are moved out of hospital it is imperative that Ontarians insist that the Ontario government not abandon this principle in home and community care," said Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "The proposal to create a means-tested home care system explicitly threatens privatization rather than upholding the equity principles of the Canada Health Act when it comes to home and community care services for the elderly."
"We are strongly opposed to this approach," added Derrell Dular, managing director of the Older Canadians Network and board member of the Ontario Health Coalition. "We have a means-tested system for funding care. It is called the tax system. Our tax system should be used so that health care is funded in a progressive way according to our ability to pay and corporations should pay their fair share. The burden of care should not put on the sickest individuals when they are elderly or dying. Such an approach is dangerous and violates core values of Ontarians."
Though there are a number of positive proposals, the Seniors' Strategy proposals released yesterday by the Minister of Health misses key opportunities to set clear goals to improve access to care, including:
The coalition is producing an analysis of the Ministry's Seniors' Strategy recommendations that will be available on our website at www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca.
Ontario Health CoalitionNatalie Mehra(cell) 416-230-6402 or (office) 416-441-2502Ontario Health CoalitionDerrell Dular(office) 416-260-3429www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
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