As we are all too aware in Ontario, the provincial government, led by lesbian Premier Kathleen Wynne, has been spending money and piling up deficits literally by the billions. What might be somewhat less known, is that Wynne has been cutting back on funding for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) at the same time. Prescribed medications and other services are being de-listed (i.e. no longer paid for by OHIP), and there have already been accusations that Wynne is budgeting on the backs of the elderly and sick.
“Hello. I’m Laura Hillier: I’m in the ICU . . . I can’t breathe. Soon, a tube will be stuck down my throat again. And for feeding as well. And I won’t be able to talk. They said I may not wake up but I really hope I do. But if I don’t, I hope this never happens to anyone ever again. And that the government sees that there needs to be funding. Because people are dying when we can save them. We can save these people. Please help. Thank you.”
These words are taken from the Toronto Star news item “Plea from dying teen: Please help” (1), and were recorded by Laura Hillier several months before her death at the age of 18 from acute myeloid leukemia.
“…we are always told that we need more immigrants to pay for our pensions and health costs as we get older. But the fact remains that all the people we import to pay for “us” will soon need more imports to pay for “them”, and this will go on and on until the system undergoes a catastrophic collapse.”
“I’ve heard the same stories over and over again from paramedics — forced to scurry around the city their entire shift, leaving less serious calls unattended for up to an hour, because there are simply not enough ambulances on the road.”
“Erika Crawford is a 17-year-old ticking time bomb… (she) has been diagnosed with a rare disorder that has sucked the collagen from her tissues and joints, leaving her wobbly and susceptible to a sudden movement that will lead to death.”
The bottom line here is that Dr. Dockrill was providing additional services that people wante and were willing to pay for. But because she is seen as a threat to socialized medicine, she has been harassed out of her practice and must close it.
“Coercion is the very essence of socialized medicine. Under Canadian medicare, extra billing is verboten. User fees — verboten. Competing with the government’s monopoly health-insurance plan — verboten. Withholding your tax payments until you get the promised services — verboten.”
“Access to a waiting list is not access to health care.” – Supreme Court of Canada. (See below). Continue reading
“Ontario has taken the unprecedented step of setting up a toll-free snitch line for people to report cases of illegal private health care — and says it has triggered 35 investigations in barely a month.”