A better Ontario/Canadian Health Care System sign now

We, the undersigned, as residents of Ontario and Canada are asking the Provincial and Federal Governments to take into account this petition to improve our Health Care System.

For more than twelve years we have been hearing and reading about how the Public Health Care System is deteriorating. We, as the users and owners of the system, have been suffering from the lack of family doctors and specialists; the unacceptable long waiting periods for surgeries and for diagnostic tests that, in many cases, lead to unforgivable loss of lives and costly mistakes. This is happening, not in a poor or developing country, but a country considered as one of the 8 most wealthy and developed nations in the world. And one that claims to be a leader in respect to human rights.

We want to keep our Health Care System Public and Universal because we believe that a basic human right is that every person has the right to be healthy, whether rich or poor, powerful or humble. We believe in this, and that is why we accept to pay the high taxes the province and the federal government extract from us. We are willing to pay these taxes provided they are used for improving the quality of the Health Care System, while maintaining a fully public and universally accessible health care for all residents. The quality of the Health Care System mandates prompt medical attention for diagnosis and surgery.

It is for this reason that we want to present our requirements to both provincial and federal government authorities, and share our ideas on how we think these can be implemented. Both levels of government need to take concerted action to insure that high quality health care is provided to all their citizens.

We believe that by taking the measures stated in the HEALTH CARE ACTION PLAN (please see further below), preventative medical practises could be applied more promptly and thoroughly. This will result not only in saving lives due to early diagnoses, but it will also save the Health Care System millions of dollars, as an early diagnosis leads to early and less costly treatments.

In addition we are asking that Federal and Provincial health budgets be unified and coordinated without unnecessary bureaucratic delay to effectively operate as ONE health budget that we can all benefit from.

Government needs to publish an annual Health Report to show how the federal and provincial taxes WE pay are being distributed to improve our overall Health Care System. These should be itemized by areas of health care impacted (e.g. the acquisition of medical equipment; the opening of more operating rooms, and other hospital facilities, increase in number of doctors and nurses, etc.).

To conclude, we believe that it is the obligation of government to act resolutely and rapidly to improve the Canadian Public Health Care System for all the citizens of this country. The policies outlined above will assist in achieving this objective.




HEALTH CARE ACTION PLAN

1) We need more doctors in all medical specializations, so we are asking:

a) That experienced doctors graduated from recognized universities of other countries are accepted to work in Canada, as long as their medical standards for treatment and diagnoses comply with the parameters dictated by the World Health Organization.

That these doctors should be accepted as immigrants and be able to work in the different provinces of Canada without being filtered by any of the provincial medical associations, or the Canadian Medical Association, or any other professional association that may have a vested interest in discouraging competition.

b) The quota system for people entering medical schools should end. As in the rest of the world, suitably qualified applicants that want to enter medical school should be allowed to, provided that they meet the necessary academic qualifications.

2) We need more health technicians that can operate ultrasound, MRI, CAT and other sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment.

If there are not enough graduates from Canadian colleges and/or universities, we ask that professionals in these specializations should be given priority as immigrants into Canada.

3) We need to increase the capacity and facilities in the hospitals in order to accommodate more patients. This implies the need for increased funding for the hospitals from all levels of government. This funding is already provided by our taxes.

We dont believe that concentrating specialists, diagnostic tests and treatments within one facility in a city or town (even if the facility is expanded) is a good approach. We have learned from experience in every field, that distributed intelligence and backups are needed. If, for example, there is a power failure or any other technical emergency in one facility, not only the patients of this facility would be able to be transferred to other facilities, but also there would have the right diagnostic tests, the right treatments and the right specialists to take care of them.

4) We need more qualified nurses to take care of the patients in the hospitals and home care. In the same way as stated above, if there are insufficient numbers of nurses graduating in Canada, qualified candidates from the pool of immigrants should be selected.

5) We need more operating rooms and also that they be available for longer hours than they are now.
Precious time is wasted for surgeries while surgeons have to wait for a turn in an operating room. This can lead to serious consequences and complications, and even loss of life. Operating rooms should be available from early morning to early evening for programmed surgeries and be available 24 hours, 7 days a week for emergencies. We suggest that all personnel involved working after hours and during weekends should be compensated.

6) All residents should be able to access doctors, either in clinics or for home visits, 24 hours, 7 days a week, for illnesses that dont require hospitalization.
People do not only get sick during conventional working hours (from Monday to Friday, 9-5). Doctors should arrange to be part of a rotational system to provide 24/7 medical care. In order to encourage this, we suggest that doctors are paid more after hours and during weekends.

Having a rotational system that works with clinics and home visits would free the emergency rooms in hospitals. They will then be able to take care of the cases that need hospitalization, surgeries or special treatments.



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Minister of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario and Minister of Health, Canada

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