Innovation = Privatization. PEI health care under threat of privatization

CHARLOTTETOWN — The Conservative, Liberal and Green parties have all revealed some sort of plans to privatize health care if given the chance.

In response to PEI’s health care crisis, both the Conservatives and Greens say they will expand free access to the virtual health service Maple, a for-profit company owned in part by Canadian billionaire Galen Weston. A similar approach is suggested in the Liberal platform.

Dennis King’s plans come as no surprise. Last fall, he and fellow Conservative Maritime premiers spoke in favour of spending more taxpayer money on private health care services by using the word “innovation” – following the path of Doug Ford in Ontario and Danielle Smith in Alberta.

“This isn’t a time to throw our hands up and give up on fixing health care. Putting the health of Islanders in the hands of for-profit companies is a non-solution,” said Carl Pursey, President of the PEI Federation of Labour. “It’s time for real investment in the front-line public services that Islanders need and deserve.”

There is growing evidence that shifting to private health care services is more costly to taxpayers, increases wait times, it takes PSW’s, RCW’s, nurses, doctors and others out of the public system and as a result puts staffing pressure on public hospitals. Only New Democrats are committed to keeping Prince Edward Island’s public health care system public by ensuring that every new dollar from the federal government should go towards our public health care system.

“There’s a clear choice for Islanders this election,” said NDP leader Michelle Neill. “A vote for the Conservatives, Liberals or Greens is a vote for privatization of health care. Instead, we can elect New Democrats who will fight for our Island’s public health services.”

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Mat Whynott
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