BradfordToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected]. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letter is in response to Referendum against privatized health care speaks 'loud and clear', published on May 30.
After reading Nikki Cole's article on the referendum against privatized health care, I could not help but be concerned. As a lifelong Ontario resident when it comes to health care my concern is with the quality of health care delivered, it's availability and it's cost. Nothing in (the) article talks to this.
What I can say is that Ontario's and Canada's spending on health care is amongst the highest per capita in the world but ranks much lower on the quality of health care delivered. Continuing to spend more borrowed dollars on the same system would seem highly unlikely to provide better results.
Instead of bashing "privatized" health care, how about suggesting some affordable, innovative ideas that will improve the quality of health care I receive, make it more universally available and is cost effective. We have decades of experience with the current approach and there is lots of room for improvement. Let's open our eyes to better more efficient ways of delivering health care.
I want a better health-care system that's more readily available, and is cost effective. This should be the focus, not whether or not it involves privatization.