Health Spending:Ontario Agenda for Change

Allow me to be provincial for a blog moment. The 2011 Ontario election race is in full swing. Out of the gate, the Ontario PC party delivered a mail drop postcard – “taking health care in Ontario to the top of its agenda” boosting health spending by $6.1 Billion.

Lead PC jockey Tim Hudak is taking this thoroughbred issue in a sprint race,  wire to wire to the October 6th finish line. And if he wins we get among other items, the pledge for 40,000 more beds in nursing homes and more money for home care.

When you open up the racing from and look at the PC’s details, the pledge says “5,000 new beds” added to “the 35,000 renovated beds coming on stream over the next ten years”. What is a renovated bed? How much of the $6.1 Billion are those renovated beds -and over ten years? The Liberal party obviously can be thanked for getting the speedy renovation plan in place over the last eight years.

But then what does their jockey Dalton McGuinty have to say that’s different in this race? The Liberal pledge would establish a new tax credit for Ontario seniors who need home renovations to live independently as they age in place. Eligible seniors could claim 15 per cent of up to $10,000 each year for home renovations, including improvements such as new chair lifts, ramps and walk-in showers. Now I know why I see all those TV ads for these products on CBC.

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