I had an op-ed in the Toronto Star on Friday: Can this Minister fix the health file? Job 1 for Deb Matthews is to help the Ontario Government regain its health policy focus. Good luck with that. The final part of the subtitle was a little unfortunate because it sounds so negative and I am a very upbeat kind of guy. Newspaper readers need to remember that it’s an editor (usually a fairly lowly one) who chooses the headlines. Writers have only a little influence and don’t get to proof the final version.
The op ed has a particular focus and didn’t talk a lot about the medicare issues. The Ontario McGuinty government has certainly done much better on medicare issues than Alberta. But, the use of Public Private Partnerships to build hospitals is continuing problem. And the competitive bidding process for homecare started by the Harris government continues to be a travesty.