We need to talk about Bill 41
Despite vocal opposition by doctors, the provincial Liberals barrelled ahead with Bill 41, the Patients First Act, in a misguided attempt to fix Ontario’s healthcare woes.
The healthcare system is broken, leaving doctors craving healthcare reform. Ontario funds an inadequate number of medical services for an inordinate number of patients. This mismatch creates a bottleneck in which care is triaged and/or rationed: the sickest are served while the rest wait.
Despite the Health Minister’s claims, no matter how fast frontline doctors and nurses work, waitlists exist because finite resources cannot serve infinite patient need.
The Patients First Act, Bill 41, received approval and was passed into law on December 7, 2016. Now, more than ever, patients and healthcare providers need to be vigilant in keeping the government’s feet-to-the-fire to carry through on their lofty promises of improving the health care system while reducing costs. Continue to let your MPPs know, personally and through the media, that the citizens of Ontario are watching. The Provincial Election is anticipated for June 2018. This will be an important issue. Health City Ontario will continue to promote issues of health and wellness and monitor closely the government’s progress, or not, on patient care.
For a complete record of the Legislature’s proceedings of December 7, 2016 please see http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?Date=2016-12-07&Parl=41&Sess=2&locale=en#para761