Ontario families and seniors expect a healthcare system that can be relied upon in times of need. That’s what it’s there for.
Yet, while our universal, public healthcare system is the source of great pride for Ontarians, over the past 14 years we have seen hospital capacity pushed to its limit. The result is unprecedented overcrowding and wait times. Just last year we experienced the longest wait times in Ontario’s history.
Ontarians are increasingly feeling less confident that the healthcare system will be there for them in their time of need.
This is a province-wide crisis that has been years in the making. Frontline staff are stretched impossibly thin, working with limited resources. Far too often we hear stories of patients receiving “hallway healthcare.” Many could have been treated elsewhere in our healthcare system – had the care been available.
Your health is too important not to be taken seriously. Ontario families deserve to know that their loved ones will be able to get the care they need when they need it.
The Ontario PCs will act to reduce emergency room and hospital wait times in Ontario’s healthcare system. A key part of this plan will support other areas of healthcare so that emergency rooms can once again be used for emergencies. As a start, we will make the largest investment in mental health in Ontario’s history. We will also honour commitments made by the province, including the pharmacare program (OHIP+), which provides free medication to youth aged 24 and under. We will invest in the frontlines, increase access to services, enhance coverage for our seniors, and work collaboratively with those who know best - our healthcare professionals - to achieve our goal.