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Ontario Liberals will get you to the operating room while the Ford Conservatives leave you in the waiting room

Platform commits $1 billion to tackle wait-times and stop Ford Conservative privatization
ETOBICOKE – Steven Del Duca announced that Ontario Liberals will erase the
province’s backlog for surgeries, investing $1 billion over two years to clean up the Ford
Conservative mess that’s keeping sick patients stuck in waiting rooms.
“The pandemic put an incredible strain on Ontario’s healthcare system, the committed,
compassionate professionals who work there, and patients who desperately need
surgery,” said Del Duca. “There are now more people in line for a procedure than there
are living in Ontario’s second-largest city – but the Ford Conservatives want to pretend
everything is okay. Ontario Liberals know whenever Conservatives get their hands on
public services, hospitals and patients suffer while private-sector profiteering soars.”
Right now, there are one million surgeries and procedures in the backlog, which
includes a total of 21 million patient services, according to the Ontario Medical
Association. Only 40% of patients are getting their MRIs on time, kids who need
diagnostic imaging are waiting 161% longer than they should, and more than 30% of
people who need a knee replacement or prostate cancer surgery are stuck in limbo.
The Ontario Liberal plan will invest in public hospitals, empowering them to operate
significantly above pre-pandemic volumes and expand operating room, MRI and CT
operations – including into evenings and weekends. We’ll also set maximum wait times
for all surgeries and work to return to pre-pandemic wait times above the maximum by
the end of 2022.
Our plan will make hospitals more efficient by creating a centralized referral system to
shorten wait times. Finally, Ontario Liberals will also champion minimally invasive
surgeries, further shortening hospital stays and helping more people recover at home.
We’ll also help create not-for-profit surgery centres managed by local hospitals to more
sustainably maintain higher surgical volumes.
“Doug Ford’s Conservatives are slicing and dicing public health care, allowing private
companies to make a quick buck,” continued Del Duca. “We’re offering people in
Ontario a choice: an Ontario Liberal government that believes in public healthcare and
will eliminate the surgical backlog, or quiet healthcare privatization by the Ford
Conservatives. The choice is yours.”

Key facts
● According to data made publicly available by Ontario Health, wait times are
longer than the target for:
○ Hip replacements;
○ Breast cancer;
○ Cataract procedures;
○ Knee replacements;
○ Liver and pancreatic cancer procedures;
○ General paediatric surgeries;
○ Orthopaedic (bone and spine) surgeries;
○ Paediatric MRIs.
● In January 2022, the Ontario Medical Association said the pandemic has created
a backlog of over 21 million patient services.

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