Nov 06, 2017

By Jane Brown

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The provincial Liberals at Queen’s Park are getting into the business of providing home care.

A CBC report quotes a Ministry of Health document from October 2017 which reveals the Wynne Government has quietly created a new provincial agency that could eventually serve hundreds of thousands of patients in Ontario.

The move would mean personal support workers become provincial employees. It also has the potential to take a significant portion of the $2.5 billion in annual publicly funded home care away from the for profit and not for profit agencies currently providing it.

The move to increase public delivery of publicly funded health services will likely be welcomed by some advocates who’ve been critical of Ontario relying on private sector agencies to provide home care.

But those who run the agencies currently providing the service argue it’s unnecessarily bureaucratic to create a government run home care provider. They also fear the move will increase the possibility of the province taking over delivery of all publicly funded home care.

The plan is to begin using the agency in three of the province’s 14 local health integration networks (LHINs) in spring 2018, with the goal of full provincial roll-out by March 2021.

Listen for more on this development on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer after Monday’s noon news.

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