Better Health care
Ontarians are proud of our public health care services and we share a strong belief that care should be based on your health needs, not your ability to pay.
But after the drastic cuts of the Conservative years, and 15 years of neglect, frozen budgets and cuts under the Liberals, health care in Ontario is falling short of what families need. Waits are long. There’s a hallway medicine crisis and health professionals are working harder than ever.
We don’t have to settle for that anymore.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP believe that delivering quality public health care is the most important thing our government does. It’s time to start moving forward again, so Ontarians can expect more from the health services we’ve built together.
Our changes for the better
Ending hallway medicine
It’s the new normal in Ontario hospitals: waiting for hours in emergency rooms, only to end up on a gurney in a hallway — with no privacy or dignity — because there aren’t enough hospital beds.
Years of cuts and funding freezes have pushed hospitals across Ontario into a dangerous overcrowding crisis. The last Conservative government shut down 28 hospitals, closed over 7,000 beds and laid off 6,000 nurses. And Kathleen Wynne froze hospital operating budgets for four years in a row, forcing hospitals to make deep cuts to keep up.
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will restore hospital funding and ensure it keeps pace every year with inflation, population growth, aging and the unique needs of communities. Funding will increase immediately by 5.3%.
|Base funding increase of 5.3% each year||$916 million||$965 million||$1.016 billion||$1.07 billion|
|At least 2,000 new beds||$312 million||$328 million||$346 million||$364 million|
|TOTAL NEW HOSPITAL FUNDING EACH YEAR||$1.228 billion||$1.293 billion||$1.362 billion||$1.434 billion|
Shorter waits for surgery
Nobody should have to wait for years on end for the surgery they need. And far too often in Ontario, patients reach their surgery date only to have it cancelled. Sometimes they get a cancellation call at home, because Ontario’s hospitals don’t have enough space and resources for them to come in. And sometimes they’re already in hospital — and after an often painful night of fasting and watching the hours tick down, they find out their surgery has been postponed.
Our change for the better:
By increasing funding and ensuring there are enough staff, we’ll allow hospitals to remove arbitrary annual caps that force surgery cancellations every year.
And the NDP will end the Liberal practice of underreporting wait times. With honest public reporting of the full wait time from start to finish, Ontarians will have — for the first time in years — a comprehensive picture of where waits are the longest.
We will lower waits by working collaboratively with surgeons to improve wait list flow strategies, including exploring recommendations from the Auditor General, to help significantly reduce wait times for patients and improve physicians’ access to critical information.
2,000 new hospital beds now
Stopping layoffs of nurses and front-line health care workers
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?