In a recent speech, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott acknowledged that Canada’s health-care system is in desperate need of repair.
“Don’t touch my free health care,” is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada’s health-care system.
Earlier this year, the Ontario government sparked a fight with the provinces doctors when it announced plans in the government budget to freeze doctors wages. Now the fight is turning to a raging inferno as the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) plans to take the provincial government to court over the issue.
According to the province, the average doctor bill in Ontario was $385,000 last year; about 75 per cent more than in 2003 when the current government took power.