On­tar­i­ans de­serve bet­ter health care

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - OPINION -

As we age, we’ve had more rea­son to use On­tario’s health- care sys­tem, from late- night emer­gency vis­its to hospi­tal, hos­pi­tal­iza­tion it­self, ap­point­ments with oph­thal­mol­o­gists, oto­laryn­gol­o­gists and neu­ro­sur­geons and test after test after test.

Our ex­pe­ri­ence with these front­line med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers has been up­lift­ing. They are ded­i­cated, de­voted and de­ter­mined to serve their pa­tients. This is why they signed on in the first place.

The prob­lem is that the sys­tem is col­laps­ing and, as the rub­ble piles up around them, they are in­creas­ingly un­able to func­tion to their full po­ten­tial. Their frus­tra­tion and anger are pal­pa­ble. It is heart­break­ing.

Why is the On­tario health- care sys­tem in free- fall? Too many On­tar­i­ans want first- rate health- care at bar­gain- base­ment prices.

The health- care sys­tem is run by too many bu­reau­crats and too few med­i­cal per­son­nel. You don’t bat­tle against fail­ing health with book­keep­ers on the front­line.

Only politi­cians have the power to change the sys­tem for the bet­ter but too many politi­cians of all stripes are too crip­pled by ide­ol­ogy, party loy­alty and self- in­ter­est to muster the strength of char­ac­ter to meet the chal­lenge.

On­tario vot­ers must de­mand more of the politi­cians but they have shown lit­tle in­cli­na­tion to do any­thing but whine and com­plain. What a con­spir­acy of fail­ure. What a pity. What a shame.

Brian and Evelyn Babineau, Wil­sonville, Ont.

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