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RELEASE: Ontario Budget Health Care Investments Do Not Meet Expectations: Hospital Funding Inadequate to Stop Cuts & Meet Community’s Needs

Despite the hype, the Ontario Budget did not provide the relief from a decade of hospital cuts that was hoped. Overall health funding will increase by 3 percent, less than the rest of the public sector. Home and community care funding increases are positive and appear to remain at the same rate as in recent […]

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BRIEFING NOTE: Pre-Budget Note

April 26, 2017 — In a speech April 13 to the Empire Club, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa reported that in every corner of Ontario he heard from residents, civic leaders and businesses that health care and public hospitals are top priority issues, and he promised significant investments in this year’s budget. These increases will […]

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Release Privatized P3 Hospitals & Projects Cost $8 Billion More

(January 13, 2015) Privatized P3 Hospitals and Projects Cost $8 Billion More Ontario Auditor General’s Report Vindicates More than 10 Years of Work by Health Coalition: Government Must Stop P3 Privatization Now (Toronto) – All justifications are now stripped away.  Ontario’s government must stop the P3 privatization of public infrastructure projects including hospitals, and put […]

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Private Affluence, Public Austerity: P3s, Economic Crisis, and the Public Response

(October 19, 2014) Postdoctoral Fellow at University of British Columbia, Heather Whiteside, slide presentation to OHC Assembly and Conference October 2014 on P3 Privatization and the impact on cost and health care cuts.   Private Affluence, Public Austerity: P3s, Economic Crisis, and the Public Response

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Release Coalition Slams “Bullying” Tactics by Premier and Health Minister to Force Through P3 Hospital Privatization Without Public Accountability: Kingston Hospital Latest in More than $4 Billion in Hospital P3 Privatization Under Ontario’s Liberal Government

(May 29, 2013) A bus load of volunteers from Kingston Ontario travelled to Toronto today to deliver 10,000 ballots from a community referendum they held recently to stop the P3 privatization of their community’s new hospital. Almost 10,000 residents voted with 96 per cent opposing the P3 privatization scheme. Kingston’s new hospital is the latest of […]

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Submission OHC Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs questions lack of P3 audit

(March 22, 2013) OHC Director Natalie Mehra queries why no audit done of $4 billion in privatized P3 Projects amidst new international evidence of exorbitant profit-taking in P3 hospitals — at the same time regular Ontarians are told to accept deep cuts to needed local hospital care and services.

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Release Kingston Health Coalition: “Provincial Official Misleads City Council on St. Mary’s P3 Hospital”

(December 5, 2012) Dale McClintock, senior vice-president of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), the provincial agency telling Kingston to rebuild St. Mary’s Hospital as a privatized P3 hospital, told city council,”I believe a P3 will save 10…20…25 % over a traditional approach” yet no facts were given to support his opinion.

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Analysis/Submission Brampton P3 Audit: Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in ‘Mistakes’ in Brampton P3 Finances

(December 8-9, 2008) The Auditor-General has revealed cost overruns at Brampton’s privatized P3 hospital. The Ontario Health Coalition is providing an analysis of the AG’s findings, our submission to the Auditor-General made in March and a link to the AG’s report itself.

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Report When Public Relations Trumps Public Responsibility

(January 7, 2008) The Evolution of Cost Overruns, Service Cuts and Cover-Up in the Brampton Hospital P3.

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Commentary Brampton P3 Hospital Target of Massive Community Protest

(December 10, 2007) Province need to Help Out Hospital and Stop Secrecy   Commentary (December 10, 2007)

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Fact Sheet What’s Happening to Brampton’s Hospital?

(December 9, 2007) Information on the crisis at Brampton’s P3 hospital. Fact Sheet (December 9, 2007)  

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Report Risky Business II – The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre: Ontario’s first P3 hospital

(November 23, 2007) Hidden costs, security breaches, poor design, two-tier health delivery and very expensive water: one year later at the secretive Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ontario’s first P3 Hospital.

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Report Risky Business I – The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre: Ontario’s first P3 hospital

(June 22, 2007) Report finds that the Royal Ottawa Hospital P3 was behind schedule, opened with almost 100 fewer beds than promised and was $51 million over budget.

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Release North Bay Hospital Cover-Up Tactics

(June 18,2007) “The Ontario Government has resorted to cover-up tactics to evade public scrutiny.”

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Release Secret Costs of Brampton P3 Hospital Revealed

(May 9, 2007) A court ordered release of secret documents related to the Brampton P3 hospital secret documents are analysed by Lewis Auerbach, former Director of Audit Operations – Office of the Auditor General of Canada and OHC lawyer Steven Shrybman.

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Update OHC Hospital P3 Tracker

(April 1, 2007) Detailed information on the status of the P3 projects.

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Release McGuinty Government Fudging Costs

(November 2, 2006) The Ontario Health Coalition charged the McGuinty government with fudging the numbers during its grand opening of the privatized P3 hospital in Ottawa this week. Hugh Mackenzie, an independent economist, reports that the new Royal Ottawa Hospital will cost $88 million more over the life of the project under the privatized financing […]

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Release Secret Tenders Issued by McGuinty Government to Private Companies for P3 Hospitals

(October 27, 2006) The Ontario Health Coalition criticized the McGuinty government for issuing secret tenders for at least seven hospitals across the province, including; Bluewater Health Sarnia; North Bay Regional Health Centre; Quinte Healthcare; Sault Area Hospitals; St. Joseph’s Health Centre London; Sudbury Regional Hospital, and; Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.

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More Than 80,000 Ontarians Vote to Stop P3 Hospitals

(May 15, 2006) Over 96% vote for  100% public hospitals in Sarnia and the Sault this weekend.

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Release 300 Nurses Ask McGuinty to Stop P3 Hospitals: Joint Letter

(May 9, 2006) More than 300 nurses across Ontario have written a joint letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty asking him to stop the privatization of Ontario hospitals.

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Release 97.7% of 28,658 People Vote to Keep Hamilton’s Hospitals 100% Public

(March 27, 2006) Hamilton voters cast close to 28,000 votes on Saturday in favour of keeping their hospitals 100% publicly funded, financed, owned, administered, and operated. More than 30,000 votes have already been cast in citizen-initiated plebiscites in St. Catharines, Woodstock and North Bay.

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Release Ontario Doctors Send Open Letter to Premier McGuinty to Stop the P3 Privatization of Ontario’s Hospitals

(March 20, 2006) 73 Ontario doctors have signed onto a letter asking Premier Dalton McGuinty to stop privatization of Ontario’s hospitals through so called Public Private Partnerships, or P3s.

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OHC Hospital P3 Tracker

(January 31, 2006) McGuinty plans private hospitals across Ontario.

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PowerPoint Presentation Public Private Partnerships: Innovation or Profiteering

(January 20, 2006)

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Fact Sheet Say NO to privatized hospitals: McGuinty plans private hospitals across Ontario

(January 2006)

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Release 97% of 7,396 People Vote to Keep Woodstock’s Hospital 100% Public

(November 27, 2005) The Woodstock plebiscite is the third of a series of cross-province plebiscites organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and local health coalitions to stop the P3 privatization of our hospitals.

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Release 97% of 8,824 People Vote to Keep North Bay’s Hospital 100% Public

(November 21, 2005) We estimate that between 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 adults voted. This is a tremendous turnout for a citizen-called plebiscite and shows keen community interest in this issue. Monique Smith, Liberal MPP won her seat in the intire riding of NIpissing (an area considerable larger that that covered by the […]

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Report “Truth Serum”

(August 26, 2005) $3.3 billion in hospital projects privatized by the McGuinty government.

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Release 98% Vote to Keep Hospital Public in First Plebiscite to Stop P3 Hospitals

(June 27, 2005) More than 12,400 vote in St. Catharines.

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Fact Sheet Privatized P3 Hospitals: Premier McGuinty is breaking his promise

(May 2005)

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Report Flawed, Failed, Abandoned, 100 P3s Canadian and International Evidence

(April 7, 2005) Report finds many troubling aspects to P3s, including: Cost overruns & delays, secrecy, design and construction flaws, quality problems & service cuts, legal disputes, failed contracts & bankruptcies. Author: Ontario Health Coalition FULL REPORT

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Report Financing Canada’s Hospitals: Public Alternatives to P3s

(October 2004) Economist Hugh Mackenzie shows that Brampton’s new hospital will cost $175 million more as a P3 than if it were built with public financing. Author: Hugh Mackenzie SUMMARY MEDIA RELEASE FULL REPORT

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Release/Fact Sheet Over $100 Million Wasted in Secretive P3 Hospital Deal

(August 6, 2004) This morning at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions released a cost analysis of the Brampton private (P3) hospital contract. The analysis was based on Schedule 28 of the project agreement, which the two groups fought to see. The lease agreement for this public money […]

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Fact Sheet A Closer Look – Nurses and P3s: North Durham Hospital Case Study

(June 2004) How Public Private Partnership hospitals in Britain have had to cut nursing staff by 12%. FACT SHEET 

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Release/Analysis Newly Released Documents Confirm Massive Hospital Privatization

(March, 2004) In a Queen’s Park press conference, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions revealed that newly released documents show that Brampton’s planned hospital is definitely a privatized P3 hospital and that all financial records involving over $1 billion in public money are being withheld by the hospital and the […]

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Release Health Ministry Sit-In to Stop Private Hospitals

(March, 2004) On Thursday March 4th, the Ontario Health Coalition staged a sit-in at the Ministry of Health to send a message to stop the first two private hospitals since the inception of Medicare. The Health Minister’s office agreed to more disclosure of documents pertaining to the deals, however did not agree to cancel the […]

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Release/Backgrounder Shoddy Corporate Records behind Bid-Winners of Private Hospital Projects Planned Across Country

(February 24, 2004) The Ontario Health Coalition issued a warning about the corporations who are winning bids to privatize hospital across the country. Spokespeople for the OHC revealed that governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec are actively planning over fifteen private hospitals. New Brunswick and Newfoundland have flirted with similar plans and may […]

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Release Extraordinary Secrecy Obscures Billion-Dollar P3 Hospital Deals

(January 21, 2004) The massive private (P3) hospital deals scheduled to be signed by the provincial government any day now are purposefully obscured by an astonishing lack of accountability and transparency, the Ontario Health Coalition charged in a media conference this morning. MEDIA RELEASE 

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Release/Briefing Note The Fight is on to Protect Our Hospitals from For-Profit Takeover

(November 21, 2003) The Health Coalition vowed to step up our campaign to keep our hospitals public in response to the government’s announcements about the P3 hospitals in Brampton and Ottawa today.   MEDIA RELEASE BRIEFING NOTE

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Open Letter Health Coalition Responds to Government

(November 11, 2003) In an Open Letter to Health Minister George Smitherman, the Ontario Health Coalition expresses concerns about comments by Premier McGuinty regarding the proposed Ottawa and Brampton P3 hospitals and the private MRI/CT clinics.   OPEN LETTER 

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Report Funding Hospital Infrastructure: Why P3s Don’t Work, and What Will

(November 2003) A report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Authors: Lewis Auerbach, Arthur Donner, Douglas D. Peters, Monica Townson, and Armine Yalnizyan   FULL REPORT

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Release Ontario Health Coalition Vows to Continue Legal Action to Keep Hospitals Public

(October 1, 2003) The Ontario Health Coalition and partners will file further legal action today to stop the Ministry of Health from signing off on any private (P3) hospital deals before the election or before the new government takes power. We are also continuing with our original legal case to nullify the signing of any […]

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Release $1.3 Billion in Private Hospital Deals Since Kick-off of Election Outrageous

(September 26, 2003) The Ontario Health Coalition responded today to the reported signing of the private (P3) hospital deal for the Royal Ottawa Hospital by the Eves government.   MEDIA RELEASE

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Release Clement Plays with the Facts – Misrepresents Brampton Hospital Privatization

(September 26, 2003) The Ontario Health Coalition is filing a formal complaint to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party for misrepresenting what a P3 hospital development would mean to Tony Clement’s constituents.   MEDIA RELEASE 

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Tenacious Trojan Horse Crosses the Province

(September-October, 2003) The Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Electricity Coalition co-sponsor a cross-province tour by a giant Trojan Horse during the provincial election campaign to warn about the dangers of privatization.   TOUR DETAILS 

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Briefing Note P3 Corporations, Lobbying Activities and Donations to PC Party Ontario

(July 2003) An examination of the personal and financial connections between P3s and the Eves government.   BRIEFING NOTE

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Fact Sheet P3 Hospitals – Importing a British Failure

(May 2003) Here is a closer look at Britain’s P3 hospitals that are the inspiration and model for Tony Clement’s announced Ontario P3 hospitals in Ottawa, Brampton and Markham-Stouffville.   FACT SHEET

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Fact Sheet Myth Buster: P3 Hospitals – A Closer Look

(Spring 2003) Contrary to myth, P3s are more expensive, way more expensive, not a partnership, just privatization, inefficient and often a disaster where they’ve been tried.   FACT SHEET

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Private Finance Initiative: Analysis

(2003 – present) Series of reports from Britain’s Guardian newspaper examining that country’s version of P3s.   ARTICLES

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Downsizing of acute inpatient beds associated with private finance initiative: Scotland’s case study

(April 26, 2003) British Medical Journal article on the impact of the Private Finance Initiative (the British version of P3s). Authors: M. Dunnigan and A. Pollack   ARTICLE

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Release Reveal Secret Information on For-Profit Hospital: Health Coalition Challenges Eves/Clement

(April 22, 2003) The Ontario & Brampton Health Coalitions co-sponsored a press conference today to challenge Health Minister Tony Clement & Premier Ernie Eves to come clean about the corporations bidding to own the Conservatives’ planned for-profit hospital in Brampton. The coalition called for public consultation and debate about the planned P3.   MEDIA RELEASE 

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Op/Ed First Hospitals…Next Schools: Why Education Workers Should Look More Closely at P3s

(April 22, 2003) Author: Natalie Mehra   OP/ED ARTICLE

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Release For-Profit Hospitals and Clinics Threaten the Future of Medicare: Ontario Health Coalition Launches Fight-Back

(March 31, 2003) Ontario Health Coalition spokespeople released details of a province-wide pre-election campaign to save and strengthen Medicare. The coalition kicked off a mass pledge campaign to highlight key criteria to strengthen public Medicare and to stop for-profit healthcare.   MEDIA RELEASE

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Release Eves Guilty of Hidden Money, Misspending

(February 4, 2003) In anticipation of the First Ministers’ meetings in Ottawa this week, the Ontario Health Coalition is releasing a briefing note on provincial transparency and accountability in health spending. The coalition takes issue with the Eves government’s attempts to win more health spending without accountability.   MEDIA RELEASE

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Pre-Election Liberal Criticisms of P3 Hospitals & Commitments to Publicly Financed and Owned Hospitals Compared to Post-Election Stances

(January 11, 2003) On January 11, 2003, the OHC held a media conference on the McGuinty government’s flip-flop on P3s. Materials prepared for the event included an “on the record” backgrounder featuring pre-election Liberal positions critical on P3s and a table comparing the post-election Liberal P3 plan with Tory P3 plan and the public model. […]

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Fact Sheet Public Private Partnerships or Profit over Patients?

(September 2002) The truth about P3s.   FACT SHEET

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Article Private Finance and “Value for Money” in NHS Hospitals: a policy in search of a rationale?

(May 18, 2002) British Medical Journal article on the impact of the Private Finance Initiative (the British version of P3s). Authors: A. Pollack, J. Shaoul and N. Vickers. ARTICLE

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Report A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Studies Comparing Mortality Rates of Private For-Profit and Private Not-For-Profit Hospitals

(May 18, 2002) Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, McMaster study shows mortality rates higher in for-profit hospitals. Authors: P.J. Devereaux, Peter T.L. Choi, Gordon H. Guyatt et. al.   FULL REPORT

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Fact Sheet Medicare’s Critics: Back to the “Good Old Days”?

(January 2002) Public Private Partnerships and other Myths.   FACT SHEET

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Report How Private Finance is Moving Primary Care into Corporate Ownership

(April 21, 2001) British Medical Journal article on the privatization of primary care in Britain. Authors: A. Pollock, S. Player and S. Godden.   FULL REPORT 

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Editorial Beds in the NHS: The National Bed Inquiry Exposes Contradictions in Government Policy

(February 19, 2000) Editorial in the British Medical Journal on the impact of the Private Finance Initiative (British version of P3s). Authors: A.M. Pollock and M.G. Dunnigan.   EDITORIAL

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The Private Finance Initiative: The Politics of the Private Finance Initiative and the New NHS

(January-July 1999) British Medical Journal series on the privatization of primary care in Britain. Authors: A. Pollock, J. Shaoul and N. Vickers.   PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4

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Article Pump Priming the PFI: Why are Privately Financed Hospitals Schemes Being Subsidized?

(Jan-Mar 1999) From the British publication “Public Money and Management”. Authors: Dr. Allyson M. Pollock and Declan Gaffney

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Public Patients, Private Profit?

(October 20, 1996) Andrew Dodd interviews Stephen Leeder. Transcript of an Australian radio documentary on P3 hospitals in that country.   TRANSCRIPT

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