Lo­cal MPP ig­nores the in­con­ve­nient truth

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: On­tario’s in­vest­ments in health care have paid off — June 1

It was with sur­prise that I read our Lib­eral MPP’s ar­ti­cle pat­ting her­self on the back for the won­der­ful job she was do­ing for health care and how hor­ri­ble other politi­cians are.

Daiene Vernile has cher­ryp­icked facts while ig­nor­ing in­con­ve­nient facts like the pre­vi­ous four-year freeze on hospi­tal fund­ing or that On­tario’s fund­ing per per­son is be­low the na­tional av­er­age.

Facts are im­por­tant and here are some im­por­tant ones. On­tario’s pop­u­la­tion is growing and get­ting older. Older peo­ple need health care. The rate of in­fla­tion

for health-care costs is sig­nif­i­cantly more than the gen­eral rate of in­fla­tion (par­tially due to bet­ter tech­nolo­gies, higher drug prices and pri­vate health care).

Many costs are trans­ferred to pa­tients; $30 for this form, $40 for that test; bring $125 for this pro­ce­dure. Fam­ily mem­bers pro­vide nec­es­sary ser­vices but if fam­ily mem­bers are un­avail­able spe­cial­ized peo­ple must be hired and paid. Hos­pi­tals have cen­tral­ized treat­ments to “save” money but pa­tients face ad­di­tional trans­porta­tion costs. For years, I have driven some­one to Hamil­ton for med­i­cal care. Park­ing fees at hos­pi­tals and pri­vate clinic add to the costs.

Health care is im­por­tant and there is a broad need for den­tal care, phar­ma­care, as­sis­tive med­i­cal de­vices, etc. Hope­fully, our Lib­eral MPP does not pat her­self too hard on the back, thus re­quir­ing phys­io­ther­apy. I sus­pect she has a pack­age to cover all this ben­e­fit — I do not.

To the peo­ple who ar­gue the sys­tem is un­sus­tain­able, it would be sus­tain­able if cor­po­ra­tions and the wealthy paid their fair share of taxes.

The Lib­eral govern­ment has re­peated this pro­pa­ganda about in­vest­ments in health care — which may use true facts — but avoids talk­ing about se­ri­ous prob­lems in health care. More money is needed.

Larry Aberle


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