Ontario Patients and Families Deserve Accessible Universal Health Care - Merrilee Fullerton for Kanata-CarletonMerrilee Fullerton for Kanata-Carleton

Ontario Patients and Families Deserve Accessible Universal Health Care

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March 24, 2018 – Dr. Merrilee Fullerton’s observation on the state of Ontario Health Care is “Government must do better to create access to universal health care.” Claiming that our health system is “cracking,” the physician and health care advocate places the cause squarely with Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal Government. Dr. Fullerton’s assessment:

For years the Liberal Government has frozen hospital budgets and starved the health care system of billions of dollars in patient services. Kathleen Wynne has attempted to balance the provincial budget using cuts to patient care, while wasting hard-earned tax dollars that could have served so many. Now, in an effort of self-serving political theatre as the election draws near, the Ontario Liberals announce millions of dollars for Ontario hospitals. This is too late for many patients already denied timely care and too late to be construed as any kind of thoughtful plan to serve patients into the future.

 

15 years of health care mismanagement and waste

“The recent funding announcements at hospitals and for future services and programs are nothing but election gamesmanship,” says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, the PC candidate for Kanata-Carleton. “This Liberal Government has a record of 15 years of mismanagement of health care and gross waste that has jeopardized the care of patients. The effects of years of rationing of care are very real for patients and families.”

“Fundamentally, Ontario patients should get the care they need when they need it,” states Dr. Fullerton. “Government must do better to create access to universal health care.”

“After spending almost 2 years going door to door and speaking to constituents of Kanata-Carleton, I know that many people are not getting the access to care they need. All around us we see signs that our system is cracking– overcrowded hospitals and emergency rooms, demoralized front line workers, and exhausted patients and families struggling to access affordable and appropriate long-term care, palliative care and life-saving medications.”

“I believe we can improve care for patients by achieving a truly universal health care system in which people can access the care they need when they need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Right now, people are falling through the cracks. We cannot afford another 4 years of this Liberal Government’s waste and bloated bureaucracies, scandals and mismanagement.”

 

Speaking from experience

With more than 30 years as a health care advocate and as a family physician, Dr. Fullerton has many real life experiences to draw upon when assessing Ontario’s health care system, “I have been on the front line in hospitals, in long term care, in palliative care and in family medical practice. I have also seen the bureaucracy. Most importantly, I have seen first-hand the suffering of individuals and families when our system could not respond with appropriate care in a timely manner.”

“There are increasing pressures on our system including a growing and aging population, as well as new expensive medications, technologies, and treatments. It is vital that our government assesses ways to deliver care more effectively while making sure that no patient falls through the cracks,” and Dr. Fullerton adds, “Most important, we cannot continue to repeat the mistakes and scandals of the Liberals’ healthcare record that have siphoned much needed resources away from patients, particularly from vulnerable people.”

Dr. Fullerton explains she has reviewed health care delivery around the world and Ontario can do better. “As a health advocate I have had the opportunity to review and discuss with experts the elements of better performing universal health care systems in Europe and elsewhere. There are lessons to be learned from other jurisdictions including from other Canadian provinces.”

“I know there are many ways to improve delivery of care within our robust public health care system to provide the healthcare services people need when they need them.” Dr. Fullerton asserts, “We must do better. I look forward to working with my PC colleagues on delivering a better, more responsive, truly universal health care system for Ontarians.”

Dr. Fullerton has identified four priorities for health care in Kanata-Carleton.

Long Term Care:  A Way Forward with Accessible Long Term Care in Ontario

Hospital Overcrowding:  Improving Hospital and Emergency Room Capacity

Supporting Front-Line Workers:  More Management is Not the Solution

Opioid Crisis: Facing our Opioid Crisis and What Comes Next

 

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