Ontario is in the midst of a crisis in home-based health care as was detailed in a recent report from Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk.
Unsurprisingly, the issue is funding for home-care services. That is to say that too much funding is not going towards patients and instead to administrators. The report from the Auditor General found that nearly 40 per cent of the more than $2.4 billion in funding provided by the province to Community Care Access Centres goes towards administrative costs, not the patients in need of care.
Every year, thousands of Ontario residents remain either stuck on waiting lists or with prolonged hospital stays simply because the necessary home-care that they need upon being discharged from the hospital is not available to them.
These issues are not new, and this is not the first time the issue has been raised, with the Auditor General releasing a similar report back in 2010.
It’s shameful that in the five years since, the only real change is that top executives of these agencies are making even more money, with some CEOs make close to $300,000 annually, with some front-line personal support workers bringing homes less than $20,000 a year.
These alarm bells have been ringing long enough for the job of Ontario Health Minister to shift from Deb Matthews to Eric Hoskins, yet reform has yet to come to this sector, which deals with some of Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens.
Changes to the way we care for our sick and elderly have been needed for too long already. How much longer are people going to have to resort to fundraising on their own just to receive basic care that is too bogged down in bureaucratic red tape to actually be delivered to those in need.
For once the issue isn’t a lack of government spending, it’s that they’re spending on the wrong things.
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