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ANALYSIS: Ontario Health Coalition Analysis of the First Ministers’ Health Accord

Posted: March 15, 2013

(February 11, 2003)

A reading of the new “Health Accord” reached last week at the First Ministers’ meetings leads to more questions than answers. However, some of the agreement is fairly clear. This is a preliminary analysis highlighting some key issues based on the accord and on others’ analyses. I will send out more information as it becomes available. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that this accord will not protect the future of Medicare in Canada. It is very weak on accountability, standards and targeting. It does nothing to prevent for-profit corporations from taking over the health system. It does not substantially improve inequities in access except indirectly through some improvements in funding if the funding is used as prescribed. However, there is no enforcement of funding priorities and outcomes.

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