Health care being savaged in Ontario: where is the RNAO?
While the McGuinty government continues to offer huge subsidies from taxpayer dollars for giant–and in many cases, not Canadian– corporations involved in wind power development (the subsidies for industrial wind turbines run about $500,000 per turbine per year, but can be higher), the government is looking to cut costs in other areas, particularly health care.
The government has literally gone to war with Ontario’s doctors, and is slashing payments from the provincial insurance plan for basic tests, such as ECGs. It seems that bureacurats at the Ministry of Health will be determining whether tests are medically necessary. We’ve seen this before … in the United States.
The government has calculated the risk: by portraying doctors as overpaid fat cats, they hope to get public opinion on their side. But the risk to Ontario’s health care system is very real. By not allowing doctors to order basic tests like ECGs for example, information on people’s health status will not be available to them.
More information is available here: http://www.supportontariodoctors.ca/
The question is, because the RNAO seems determined to portray itself as a politically active organization, it is has inserted iteslf into debates on issues such as wind power generation (which is preposterous and influenced by a group of organizations with a very interesting agenda–in any event, coal is GONE now), where is the RNAO on this issue? Will the professional association for Ontario’s nurses follow its new slogan “Speaking up for health” or will it continue to slavishly follow the edicts of its pal, the McGuinty government.
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