This guest blog was written by Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
Doug Ford’s new health care omnibus bill does not open a single new health care service. Not a single surgery to help tackle waitlists. Not a single new nursing home space. Not one new nurse, health professional, or doctor.
We have an excellent quality public health care system. We have the most highly educated doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff in the world, according to international studies. We can be proud of our public health system and its principles grounded in equity and humanitarianism. But we do have a serious capacity problem. We need more care, desperately. Ontario has the fewest hospital beds left of any province in the country and of any developed nation, leaving patients to wait for days on stretchers.