Public Home Care Would Benefit Ontarians Despite Claims of Vested Interests/For-Profit Home Care Companies: Health Coalition Calls for More Details

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(businesspress24) - TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/06/17 -- A leaked presentation from the Ministry of Health revealed by CBC today indicates that the government is planning some sort of public home care agency for personal support work in the home. The Ontario Health Coalition has been advocating for public home care since the 1990s and reacted with cautious optimism to the news.

"The devil is in the details," said Ross Sutherland, R.N., M.A., chairperson of the Ontario Health Coalition. "If the government is planning public home care, this is great news. If they are planning to somehow have a public agency compete with the private corporations in home care, it will not help."

The Coalition has called for a streamlined public non-profit home care system based on public interest principles, with better democratic input and stronger accountability, a cultural change to reflect the values and priorities of Ontarians, and stronger standards to improve care, based on a province-wide consultation on home care here:

Despite the claims of the vested interests in the home care sector reported in the media this morning, the promise of a public home care system is that it would eliminate hundreds of redundant company administrations, profit taking, duplicate systems and poor communication and coordination. In fact, every province in Canada has a more public home care system than Ontario does.

The data from the Special Audit of home care conducted by Ontario''s Auditor General in 2015 supports this contention:

"Ontario''s home care system is impossibly complex and bureaucratic, mainly as a result of the structures that were set up almost two decades ago to privatize the system," noted Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "Profit taking, duplicate administrations of companies, refusal to share information -- these are all hallmarks of that system, set up to bring in the for-profit chain companies to take over home care in the early 2000s. While governments have tinkered with the structures, they have never had the principles nor the political will to fundamentally reform home care. A public home care system would be a great leap forward: a huge benefit to Ontarians. It is, without question, in the public interest. We are trying to find more details about the Ontario government''s plan and will give our response once we know more."


Ross Sutherland
(613) 532-7846

Natalie Mehra
Executive Director
(416) 230-6402 (cell) or (416) 441-2502 (office)

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Date: 11/06/2017 - 11:17
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