Tory strengthens public health care



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory today
committed to decisive action to bring universal access to public health care
to all Ontarians.
    "I am fiercely committed to the principles of our publicly-funded health
care system," said Tory. "We all believe in the promise of our healthcare
system, yet too often today we fall short on delivery. The fact is, 'access'
is just a word if it means you have to wait six months for an essential
procedure."
    Over the past four years Dalton McGuinty has presided over a worsening
doctor shortage while waiting lists remain far longer than acceptable norms.
Tory cited the deterioration of health care despite Dalton McGuinty's
increased spending as clear evidence that the health care system badly needs
to open up to new innovation and new approaches.
    "The Supreme Court itself has warned us that 'access to a waiting list is
not access to health care', yet Dalton McGuinty continues to put ideology
ahead of new ideas that could reduce wait times and save lives," explained
Tory.
    Tory clearly laid out his conditions for any partnership with the private
sector.
    
      -  A John Tory government would reject any attempt to implement two
         tier medicine. No Ontarian will ever pay for necessary health care
         services with anything other than their OHIP card.
      -  The only private sector partners that would be considered by a John
         Tory government would be those who could demonstrate that they could
         provide a superior level of service at a competitive cost to the
         taxpayer.
      -  A John Tory PC government would reject any private sector proposal
         that would replace a publicly-funded health care service. The
         doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the fully
         public system would still provide the foundation for public
         services, with private sector services supplementing those services
         areas of greatest strain.
    

    "I believe in publicly-funded universal health care and I will always
protect and fund publicly funded universal health care," Mr. Tory said, "But I
will never let political posturing hold that system back from embracing new
ideas and new approaches that provide families with superior health care
services. Mr. McGuinty has let ideology and political games hold our health
care system back. That's why we need new leadership."

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