On April 30 at noon, people from across Ontario will converge on Queen’s Park to oppose new legislation that will result in unprecedented changes in the province’s health care system, including the privatization of public services.
According to the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ford government has exposed its intent to undertake the “most radical health care restructuring in our history.” Bill 74, legislation that would enact these sweeping changes, passed final reading in the Ontario Legislature late last week.
The OHC says the so-called “People’s Health Care Act” does not improve a single health care service. Instead, it creates a Super Agency that gives extraordinary restructuring powers to the government. This new law will allow restructuring for hospitals, long-term care, home care, community mental health and addictions, community care, cancer care, palliative care, labs, eHealth, air ambulance, community health centres, home care, non-profit primary care and more.