PC Government Plans Many More Healthcare Cuts

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1872 ... August 11, 2019
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PC Government Plans Many More Healthcare Cuts

Doug Allan

The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) Economic and Budget Outlook review has identified planned government spending savings that come via [1] announced program changes (program cuts like the government’s cut to OHIP+), [2] announced efficiency targets (identified areas where the government hopes it will find savings without service cuts), and [3] cuts that have not yet been announced by the government.

While the government has identified some spending cuts of type 1 or 2 above, the government’s spending plan needs billions of dollars in extra, unidentified and unannounced cuts to meet its savings targets according to the FAO (type 3 cuts, as above). For healthcare, this amounts to $5.2-billion in unidentified and unannounced cost savings needed for the government’s health spending plan to work in 2023-24. Even though the cuts identified to date have been major and painful, $5.2-billion is many times more than the cuts announced and implemented to date.

The unidentified and unannounced health cuts exist even for this fiscal year... -- but they become a much bigger issue as the years go along until they account for $5.2-billion out of $8-billion in total healthcare cuts required by the government’s fiscal plan in 2023-24.

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