How Could Rumoured Health Care Reform Impact Collingwood and Simcoe County

How will possible health care reform in Ontario impact Collingwood’s bid for a new hospital?

Recent media reports focused on newly released government documents leaked to the NDP that show the Ford government is close to pulling the trigger to reform the province’s healthcare.

Health care reform in the province of Ontario could change the discussion on what kind of hospital Collingwood will have in the future.

Former Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier says significant change could be coming.


We have seen a shift of service delivery away from front line to organizations and administration.
— Chris Carrier

“I remember when I moved to Collingwood in 1977, we had 107 beds in our hospital, and we had a limited bureaucracy. Now you see the bureaucracy within the hospital is significantly grown, those costs have significantly grown, and we have 60 beds as opposed to 107 beds. We have seen a shift of service delivery away from front line to organizations and administration.”

Carrier made his comments on TalkingPolitics.ca. He says the whispers he is hearing indicate a dramatic cutback in administration with those dollars to be put back into health care.


I’m concerned about the massive nature and the speed in which they are being done.
— Trent Gow

Professional Public Policy Advisor Trent Gow says the changes he feels are coming will be massive and will arrive soon.

“I’m concerned about the massive nature and the speed in which they are being done. For example, there will be no more LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) and those boards will be dissolved as of February 20th.”

LHINs work with local health system to ensure that services are integrated and coordinated.

Gow says new boards will be appointed meaning a very large centralized agency that will get rid of Cancer Care Ontario, the Renewal Care Network, the Trillium Life Network and changing the role of public health agencies.

“Everything is very much up in the air. We’re going to have five major regions. We’re going to have thirty what are called My Care local arrangements, there are going to be RFP’s for how those are managed … it’s massive change.”

Gow looks at Simcoe County with Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Barrie’s RVH, Alliston General, Collingwood’s General and Marine Hospital that are all looking for significant increases in the roles that they play in their local communities.

“I think that out of this there is every chance that those roles will be significantly curtailed in terms of their aspirations and what they’re going to say is if you’ve got a serious problem you go to Royal Victoria Hospital, otherwise we’ll deal with some things at a local level, but we’re not in the business of building major hospitals across this county.”

Listen to the entire conversation between Trent Gow and Chris Carrier on TalkingPolitics.ca.



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