Is Ontario’s public healthcare on a slippery slope?

By The Big Story

In today’s Big Story podcast, Canadians are passionate about their healthcare. Even when the system is in crisis, we’re proud of having universal care, and we want it to work. So when Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his government would move some surgeries into private clinics, all hell broke loose.

Richard Southern is a Queen’s Park reporter with CityNews, he joins us to discuss the proposed reforms, and reactions to them from both sides of the aisle.

“Ontario has been lagging behind other provinces, who, with some success, have been doing this for a while,” he said, “but there is that concern that this move is going to put a further staffing drag on an already understaffed Ontario healthcare system.”

So what exactly is happening in Ontario? How is it different from what’s already happening in British Columbia and Quebec? What are critics concerned about and how can we tell if this is a necessary move, or a step onto a slippery slope?

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