STANDING UP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
Canada’s health care commissioner Roy Romanow is expected to release his report "The Future of Health Care in Canada" on November 28. There is speculation the report will come out strongly against privatization.
Meanwhile in Ontario, Health Minister Tony Clement is busy announcing that five MRI machines and five CT scans will be placed in private clinics sprinkled across the province. Sadly, the Ontario government seems bent on slowly privatizing health care. But it’s a mistake. As The Toronto Star notes in a recent commentary: "These private clinics have not shortened public waiting lists. They are not cheaper. They do not have the support of The Ontario Association of Radiologists, the very doctors who would run the diagnostic equipment. The association wants to see this equipment run out of hospitals."