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Two minute video: how sick do you have to be to get adequate home care?
Government often talks about home care as a replacement for hospital care. But with drastic underfunding of home care, the reality falls far short. Here's an eye-opening two minute video from Operation Maple.
The Auditor General (AG) has again identified issues in her annual reportwhich reflect problems with Ontario health care capacity and privatization. First, here are six key problems with the maintenance of the 16 privatized P3 ("public private partnership") hospitals in Ontario: There are long-term ongoing disputes with privatized P3
over the P3 agreements, including about what is covered by the P3
(or “AFP” as the government likes to call them) contract.The hospitals are required to pay higher than
reasonable rates tothe P3 contractor for maintenance work the contractor has
deemed to be outside of the P3 contract. Hospitals are almost forced to use P3 contractors to
do maintenance work the contractors deem outside of the P3 contract or
face the prospect of transferring the risk associated with maintaining
the related hospital assets from the private-sector company back to the
hospitalP3 companies with poor perf…
Real provincial government health care funding per-person has
fallen again this year in Ontario, the third year in a row. Since 2009 real funding per-person has fallen 2.6% -- $63 per person.
Across Canada real per person funding is in its fourth consecutive year of increase. Since 2009, real provincial funding across Canada is up $89 -- 3.6%. In fact the funding gap between Ontario and Canada as a whole has gown consistently for years (as set out below in current dollars).
Ontario funds health care less than any other province -- indeed, the province that funds health care the second least (B.C.) provides $185 more per person per year, 4.7% more. Provincial health care spending in the rest of Canada (excluding Ontario) is now $574 higher per person annually than in Ontario.
Ontario has not always provided lower than average health care funding increases-- but that has been the general pattern since 2005. Private expenditures on health care have exceeded Ontario government increases …
CUPE and others are campaigning for a legislated minimum average of
four worked hours of nursing and personal care per resident per day in long-term
care (LTC) facilities. New research
indicates that not only is LTC underfunded in Ontario, it is also understaffed
compared to the other provinces. LTC staffing
falls short: The latest data published
by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (and based on a mandatory
survey undertaken by Statistics Canada) indicates that staffing at long-term
care (LTC) facilities falls far short of other provinces. Part of this is
driven by a low level of provincial funding for LTC.
Ontario has 0.575 health care full-time equivalent
employees (FTEs) per bed staffed and in operation. The rest of Canada reports 0.665 health care
FTEs. The rest of Canada has 15.7% more health care
staff per bed staffed and in operation than Ontario.
No other province reports fewer LTC health care staff per
resident (or per bed) than Ontario.