OTTAWA--Ontario's health care system is under threat from creeping privatization and public spending cuts, according to a new study, Unsafe Practices, released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Costs are being shifted from the public purse to the individual household, and publicly delivered health care services are being reduced, restructured and rationed. Furthermore,...
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Public health care, the crown jewel of social programs, has worked extremely well for Canadians. Yet Ontario today is witnessing piecemail privatization in health care: the introduction of private-sector business strategies and management ideologies into the public health care system; reductions and stagnation in pubic spending in the sector; the restructuring and rationing of publicly delivered services; cost shifting from the public purse to the individual household.
In this book, Paul Leduc Browne shows how these unsafe practices have pervaded Ontario's health care system, from hospitals to home care, laboratory to ambulance services, long-term care to primary care. Unsafe Practices argues that privatization, spearheading the neo-liberal attack on social citizenship, is robbing Canadians of their common heritage of universal public services.