Ford warns it will be ‘innovative’ to address health issues

Ford warns it will be ‘innovative’ to address health issues

DUNDALK, Ont. – Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Friday reiterated his faith in public health care, but admits his government will “get creative” when considering how care can be delivered.

Health Minister Sylvia Jones said this week that her government is considering all options to improve Ontario’s health care system, including addressing the nursing shortage. His comments raised fears of further privatization in the system.

Jones said his government would not consider asking Ontarians to pay out of pocket for services currently covered by provincial health insurance.

When asked about it in a press conference on Friday, Mr. Ford said he would never deviate from this principle, but added that the government should investigate all avenues in this file.

Ontario’s health care system has been plagued by staff shortages in recent weeks. Emergency rooms had to be temporarily closed this summer for hours or even days at a time.

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