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JOINT STATEMENT & MEDIA CONFERENCE Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for a United Health Accord Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table

The Ontario Health Coalition was joined by provincial and territorial health coalitions across Canada in media conferences to decry the federal government’s decision to walk away from the table on negotiating a new Health Accord for Canada. The current bilateral deals pushed through by the federal government and some provinces and territories do not contain […]

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Release/Open Letter Coalition Applauds Wynne Government for Reversing Course on Seniors’ Drug Fee Increase

(April 8, 2016) Toronto — This week, Ontario’s government announced that it is canceling its plans to dramatically increase user fees for seniors’ drugs after more than 80 organizations signed onto a letter to the Premier asking her to revisit the idea. The government’s plan, announced in the 2016 Ontario Budget in February, would have […]

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Myth Buster Hospital Funding in Ontario Budget 2016

(March 24, 2016) Real-Dollar Cuts Across Ontario Ontario’s Wynne government has been claiming that it has increased public hospital funding this year by 2.1 per cent. This would not be sufficient to meet population growth and health care inflation levels, even were it true. But the truth is that most of Ontario’s hospitals are not […]

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Release 2016 Ontario Budget — Minimal Funding Increases for Hospitals: Not Far Enough

(February 25, 2016) 2016 Ontario Budget — Minimal Funding Increases for Hospitals: Not Far Enough   Toronto – The Ontario Budget, released today at the Ontario Legislature, has announced a $60 million increase for hospital global budgets for the upcoming year. This minimal increase, along with targeted funding, will mean that some hospitals will see […]

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OHC 2016 Pre-Budget Briefing

(February 25, 2016) 2016 Pre-Budget Briefing Where We Stand: Ontario’s Ranking in Public Service and Health Care Expenditures & Cuts Ontario’s government is making budget choices that cut and privatize public services and health care. These are choices, not necessities. Here’s how we compare relative to other provinces and jurisdictions on some key measures. The […]

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Submission Local Coalition Submissions to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

(February 1, 2016) Folgo Della Vedova – Sault and Area Health Coalition Full Submission (PDF)   Jeff Arbus – Sault and Area Health Coalition Full Submission (PDF)   Shirley Roebuck – Chatham Kent Health Coalition Full Submission (PDF)  

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Release Patients, Concerned Citizens and Workers Rally Outside Pre-Budget Hearings to Stop Devastating Hospital Cuts, Privatization

(February 1, 2016)                                                                                 (Toronto, ON) – As MPPs from all three political parties from the […]

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Submission and updates on pre-budget hearing rallies!

(February 1, 2016) Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at the Ontario Legislature this morning. Here is the Ontario Health Coalition’s submission with the most recent hospital spending, nursing levels (all nurse classifications), and hospital beds and overcrowding statistics. Please share with those who might be […]

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Members of Provincial Parliament Traveling Across Ontario for Pre-Budget Hearings

(January 11, 2016) The Ontario Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has chosen Hamilton, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa and Toronto to hold pre-budget consultations. We are now entering the 9th consecutive year of hospital cuts – the longest stretch of hospital cuts in Ontario’s history. Every service cut is […]

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Advisory Ontario Budget Watch and Pre-Budget Briefing

(April 22, 2015) Advisory – Ontario Budget Watch: Health Coalition Representatives Available to Respond to Budget *Please see below for Pre-Budget Briefing   (Toronto/Chatham-Kent/Cornwall/Niagara/North Bay/Peterborough/Sault Ste. Marie/Scarborough/Sudbury/Windsor) – Health Coalition representatives will be available to share our responses to and analysis of the Ontario Budget tomorrow after the budget is released.   While the announced plans for […]

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs

(January 29, 2015) OHC BUDGET SUBMISSION 

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Members of Provincial Parliament Traveling Across Ontario for Pre-Budget Hearings

(January 6, 2015) *Info on rallies below The Ontario Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has chosen Hamilton, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa and Toronto to hold pre-budget consultations. We are now entering the 9th consecutive year of hospital cuts – the longest stretch of hospital cuts in Ontario’s history. […]

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Release Ontario Budget: Austerity Continues For Community Hospitals Plus Some Good News on Minimum Wage, Pensions

(May 1, 2014) In today’s Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance pledged “what we will not do is sacrifice important public services”. But for the fifth year in a row, community hospitals will see their funding levels set below the rate of inflation which will result in further cuts to needed care services, movement of […]

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Submission OHC Provincial Budget Submission

(January 16, 2014) Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Pre-Budget Hearings. Submission

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Release Bad News Budget Will Result in Health Care Cuts and Privatization

(May 2, 2013) Rural communities funding and community care claims are merely “Smoke and Mirrors” says Health Coalition.

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Release Schedule 28 Update: Weak amendments to McGuinty omnibus budget bill facilitate sweeping privatization – Citizens’ groups call for privatization clause to be struck down

(June 15, 2012) The Council of Canadians and Ontario Health Coalition are outraged that despite promises made by Ontario’s government, proposed amendments are too weak to stop the mass privatization of public services in Budget Bill 55, Schedule 28.

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Release Withdraw Schedule 28 from the Ontario Omnibus Budget Bill entirely, says community and health advocates

(June 11, 2012) The Council of Canadians, Ontario Health Coalition, and the Social Planning Network of Ontario are disgusted by the Ontario government’s attempt to hide a massive privatization agenda in the 327 paged omnibus budget bill.

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Release Ontario-Wide Tour to Visit 15 Communities Warning of Ontario Budget Cutbacks to Health Care

(May 7, 2012) Most Ontarians don’t realize that the McGuinty government’s recent “austerity” budget will catapult the health system into another round of cuts and restructuring.

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Release Budget: OHC Releases Four Demands to Protect Public Interest – Warns Ontario Budget Puts Health Care in Peril

(April 2, 2012) As the Ontario budget debate begins in the legislature, the Ontario Health Coalition warned that the budget as it is now written would dismantle community hospitals and curtail access to care for thousands of elderly residents on wait lists.

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Release Ontario Budget Leaves More than 30,000 Ontarians Waiting for Health Care

(March 27, 2012) In a provincial budget that notes Ontario is a “low tax” (and low service) province that spends the least on public services of any province in Canada, the government has unapologetically written a provincial budget that will lead to ballooning health care wait lists, more out-of-pocket costs, and unsafe conditions for Ontario patients.

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Powerpoint Presentation Webinar on the Drummond Report

(February 18, 2012) This is a recording of the OHC Webinar consisting of a full briefing and analysis of the Drummond Report.

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Analysis Drummond Report: Summary and Analysis

(February 16, 2012) The Ontario Health Coalition has issued a document summarizing and analyzing the Drummond Report.

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Report Health Coalition Issues Pre-Drummond Report Warning of Major Health Cuts: First Do No Harm

(February 10, 2012) Though Ontario’s public has never been properly informed about the plans, the provincial government is planning severe curtailment of health care funding growth that will result in $3 billion or more to be carved out of hospitals and OHIP, warned the Ontario Health Coalition …

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Briefing Note Today’s Minister of Health Speech on Health Reform

(January 30, 2012) The Ontario Health Coalition’s analysis and response to Minister of Health Deb Matthews two speeches made today at exclusive business and executive audiences to launch a new round of health care reform.

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Release The Drummond Commission & Public Service Cuts: Public Interest Groups Deeply Concerned About Undemocratic Process

(January 27, 2012) The McGuinty government is planning sweeping public service cuts and restructuring without public input and proper democratic processes, public interest groups revealed in a press conference this morning at Queen’s Park.

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Backgrounder The Drummond Commission: A Cover for Cuts and Privatization

(January 23, 2012) The Ontario Health Coalition exposes the Drummond Commission, Drummond’s history of dismantling our social safety net and privatizing public assets when he was in government …

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Release McGuinty Warned to Stop Health Care Privatization: OHC Responds to Drummond Commission

(December 7, 2011) The Ontario Health Coalition warns that the McGuinty government’s Drummond Commission must consider the vast body of evidence against health care privatization when drafting its report on public service reform in a press conference today at the Ontario Legislative building.

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Open Letter Public Service Reform: Open Letter to Dalton McGuinty

(May 31, 2011) Open letter from the OHC to the Premier to express concern that the mandate of the “Commission on Broader Public Service Reform” announced in the provincial budget in April.

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Release McGuinty Government Fails to Take Hospital Secrecy Off the Table – Amendment to Budget Bill Gives Hospitals Wide Berth to Hide Information

(April 29, 2011) Public interest and patient advocates are calling on Premier McGuinty to withdraw a controversial clause slipped into the Budget Bill that will enable hospitals to hide information from the public.

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Report Health Spending and Revenues in Ontario: A closer look at financial trends and the recommendations of TD Economics

(September 22, 2010) The Ontario Health Coalition’s critical review of the findings of the Ontario government commissioned TD Economics report on health spending finds that the TD report is rife with inaccuracies and contradictions.

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Release OHC Response to Provincial Budget: McGuinty Must Stop “Over the Top” Crisis Rhetoric Used to Justify Hospital Cuts

(March 25, 2010) The Ontario Health Coalition is warning Ontarians that the rhetoric used by the McGuinty government to justify hospital cuts is “over the top” and is not supported by the facts.

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Powerpoint Presentation Is Health Spending Out of Control?

(June 24, 2009) Dr. Gordon Guyatt of McMaster University busts myths about health spending and uses facts to prove that Canadian health spending is stable and that privatization costs more and generates worse health outcomes.

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Release Budget Will Not Help Save Hospitals from Closures, Cuts

(March 26, 2009) “This budget does not provide even what is needed to maintain existing services, or save our local hospitals from major cuts,” noted Dora Jeffries, coalition co chair.

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Release 2008 Ontario Budget: OHC’s Pre-Budget Analysis & Hospital Deficit “Hot Spots” Map

(March 20, 2008) The Ontario Health Coalition released a media briefing note and a map of hospital deficit “hot spots” to watch in advance of Ontario’s budget scheduled for Tuesday.

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Release Health Premiums Unprincipled & Unenforceable: Ontario Health Coalition

(May 18, 2004) “The re-introduction of health premiums would take us backward over a decade”, stated Natalie Mehra provincial coordinator.

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Fact Sheet Budget Analysis: Information on how the McGuinty government’s first budget impacts on health care

(May 18, 2004) Provincial budget shows some important rebuilding also some serious flaws: OHC

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Powerpoint Presentation Pre-Budget Consultations

(February 15, 2004) Powerpoint presentation from the Thunder Bay Health Coalition.

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Presentation Pre-Budget Consultations

(February 11, 2004) Economist Armine Yalnizyan’s presentation.

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Submission Pre-Budget Consultations

(February 11, 2004) The Toronto Health Coalition’s submission to the hearings.

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Submission Pre-Budget Consultations

(February 10, 2004) The OHC made a submission to the Ontario government’s pre-budget hearings

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Submission Pre-Budget Consultations

(February 4, 2004) The Northeastern Ontario Health Coalition’s submission to the committee.

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