November 12, 2016 – Health care issues once again this week dominated the attention of Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, candidate running for the nomination of the Ontario P.C. Party in the new riding of Kanata-Carleton.
Dr. Fullerton helped lead an Ottawa rally organized by Dr Kulvinder Gill on behalf of Concerned Ontario Doctors. The coalition of doctors are protesting the Wynne Government’s Bill 41 which will increase the numbers of health administrators and give them wider access to patient medical records. “This legislation does nothing for patients’ care,” says Dr. Fullerton. “Health Minister Hoskins needs to rip up Bill 41, which expands expensive bureaucracy at the direct expense of funding for front line health care providers. Patients must be put first!”
“I am proudly adding my voice to other physicians and front line health care professionals who are speaking up for patients and their rights. I fundamentally oppose this legislation. This is the type of ill-conceived initiative that has prompted me to step forward and run for public office,” states Dr. Fullerton.
“Kathleen Wynne and her provincial Liberal Government are doing irreparable damage to Ontario’s health care system, just as they have to our energy policies and our province’s finances. Wynne and the destructive Liberals’ policies must go.”
Dr. Fullerton was invited to speak this week at the HealthAchieve conference. This is one of the largest annual, North American health care gatherings of medical professionals and health business leaders who are active in the evolving practices of our health care system. Dr. Fullerton participated in a session discussion on universal pharmacare in Canada.
As a family physician, she argued that although favouring universal pharmacare, she is very concerned with the costs and design of the program. “Who would argue against universal pharmacare? The “Why” is clear; “How it will be accomplished” is not. We must avoid creating another large government program full of bureaucrats. Let’s better understand the data surrounding those who cannot afford their medications and be sure to provide for them. Patients must come first!”
By illustration, she compared health care funding to a balloon—squeeze one area, another bulges. “With our health system, when one area is increasing, it typically means we’re taking away from another area. The devil is in the details when it comes to providing for our health professionals, institutions and programs, or when establishing a new pharmacare program…. and when it comes to sorting vital details, Premier Wynne and Health Minister Hoskins have a negative track record,” stated Dr. Fullerton.
She added, “The 2018 election can’t come soon enough. I look forward to being the P.C. candidate in the new riding of Kanata-Carleton. As a member of the Patrick Brown’s Government, we will need to find solutions to many of the problems that, frankly, have been caused by the mishandling of the health portfolio by the successive governments of Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty.”
To represent the residents of Kanata-Carleton at Queen’s Park, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton will need to first win the nomination for the Ontario P.C. Party and then win the provincial election in 2018.
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton