So it looks like the Ontario Liberal government has finally come to their senses and announced Thursday January 26th that C-sections won’t be delisted by OHIP.
So very kind from the government that implemented a “user fee” or yearly tax to use the health care system in Ontario. This same government has a completely messed up strategy when dealing with the Ontario health system, for example instead of reigning in spending on things like, eHealth, they instead look at the other side of the ledger and either put in user fees / taxes or delist coverage of items, such as chiropractor care, physiotherapy coverage and quite a few more, years ago. Where are the people who were screaming about Mike Harris‘ conservative wanting to have two-tiered health care? It’s here, folks, it’s here and courtesy the Ontario Liberal party.
Why cut costs when you can just delist services covered, right Dalton?
In this specific case, the Ontario Liberals have done exactly what Toronto mayor Rob ford did that got him absolutely slammed by Toronto’s left-wing media when he announced there was going to be a hike in TTC fares last year, then savings were found and the increase was put on the shelf (until a few weeks ago when it came on in). Dalton’s doing the same things with C-sections. He said it needed to be de-listed in order to save money, then after a few days announced it would not be cut and he looks like a hero. Ford, on the other hand, was portrayed as though he created this crisis in order to look like a hero once the increase was shelved.
Granted c-sections are a completely different matter involving woman’s bodies and possibly life and death, the thought process here – or at least the spin being put on by the Liberal spinmakers is that there is far too much “cosmetic” c-sections being done which are unnecessary and cost the Ontario health care (OHIP) system greatly from surgery to recovery to complications. I liken this to the same Ontario Liberal stance on IVF treatments… They’re turning a blind eye to the bigger picture and missing a great opportunity here to be human and not risk alienating the largest segment of society. Then again… Where is the Federal Liberal party right now?!? Oh yes, in the hands of former NDP leader Bob Rae.
After pulling c-sections off the DNR list, Premier Dalton is now stating that the health care system is
“ripe for reform” which to mean means more items are going to be delisted in the upcoming months and years. I agree we cannot afford such “trivial” surgeries like c-sections when we’re spending $5,000,000 on the Canadian Human Rights museum… in Winnipeg. Misplaced priorities??? Yes.
So I guess all those folks who screamed about Mike Harris and all that he cut can now look back and at least understand why he did what he said he was going to do – and was elected to do. He cut costs to keep items covered by OHIP. Now in come the Liberals and all of a sudden they are critical of Harris’ methods, so they implement the tax and ignore method which sees more taxes, excuse me, “user fees” and delisting of covered items and a heck of a lot of wasted spending.
Harris said he was going to cut and he did.
McGuinty said he would not tax but he has and he has also created a 2-tiered health care system in Ontario which requires me to fork out my own case to pay for physiotherapy in case I hurt myself and need rehab. Imagine if I were poor…
Or worse. Imagine if I were a poor pregnant female in need of a c-section and it was delisted by this Liberal government…