We can do more to deliver better health care and help everyone lead a healthier life — wherever they are.
From eliminating the home care wait-list to opening new community health centres and putting the focus on health equity, we’ll make it easier for all Ontarians to get the care that they need.
Our changes for the better
Home care: making it the best in Canada
Non-profit and community-governed health care
Respect for health care workers
Cancer care: better treatment and better choices for patients
New Mom’s Guarantee
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will support more than 360 new midwives who want to join the profession over the next four years, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis midwives, as well as midwives from northern and remote communities who want to bring their expertise to their home communities.
We will promote pay equity for women by respecting the decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal regarding gender-based pay discrimination that midwives have experienced under both Conservative and Liberal governments.
And we’ll create a New Moms Guarantee, protecting maternal and newborn care services in Ontario’s communities; preventing cuts and closures to women’s health facilities, and expanding access to midwifery care and maternal health services.
Compassionate end of life care
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will work to build the compassionate palliative care system that Ontario needs — starting by passing Dan’s Law. Named in Dan Duma’s memory, this legislation will eliminate the three-month wait for home and palliative care.
We will improve palliative care by continuing previously-committed investments of $75 million over three years, as well as continuing the additional investment of $15 million in 2018-19, to increase access to hospices across the province and ensure families have better access to community-based palliative care.
And we will respect the right of Ontarians to medical assistance in dying, ensuring that every Ontarian has access to compassionate, quality end-of-life care.
Health equity and access to care
Protecting local hospitals and rural health care
Better health care for the LGBTQIA2S+ community
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will work with advocates and health care providers to reduce barriers to care and improve access to transition-related surgeries and gender-confirming surgeries, provided here in Ontario.
We will fully cover the cost of all transition drugs and medications.
Our pharmacare plan will improve access to other essential medicines, including medications required to treat and prevent HIV. It is based on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, which includes pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications for the purposes of preventing HIV.
We will work with the LGBTQIA2S+ community to support every effort to make long-term care homes across Ontario more inclusive and more affirmative spaces — where people can always live with pride.
Fighting the opioid emergency
Andrea Horwath and the NDP will declare a public health emergency, recognizing the scope and seriousness of the crisis and mobilizing resources across the province.
We will focus most urgently on harm reduction, to save lives now. We will expand the distribution of Naloxone and other anti-overdose medications, and support the establishment and operation of supervised injection sites and overdose prevention sites wherever they are needed. And we will listen to front-line harm reduction workers and people with lived experience because they are the experts — and the heroes who are saving lives every day.
This is what we're fighting for
Together, we can change Ontario for the better. Are you in?