December 13, 2012 07:32 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2012) -
Attn: Assignment Editor
The Ontario Auditor General's report released today raises warning flags about inadequate access to care and the perils of for-profit privatization. The Auditor General found wait times for long-term care that are extraordinary. Crisis clients are waiting more than three months for placement and wait times have tripled. The provincial Ministry of Health response did not mention the lack of long-term care beds, only its plans to download patients into home and community care where funding per client is lower than it was a decade ago. In Ontario's privatized clinics (Independent Health Facilities) the Auditor found inadequate monitoring, poor inspections, a lack of financial oversight and inequitable access to care. This is of significant concern as the government is moving more and more services out of hospitals into privatized clinics.
Among the Auditor General's key findings:
Natalie Mehra(cell) 416-230-6402
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