Poverty kills more people than cancer according to Dennis Howlett, Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness.
Speaking Thursday night at the Peterborough health care forum organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, Howlett addressed false economies in our present health system.
Panelists at the Peterborough health care forum Thursday night.
“There were going to freeze social assistance rates until the NDP negotiated a better deal,” said Howlett.,“yet the best way to reduce health care costs is to reduce poverty.”
Howlett told the town hall meeting that poverty condemns people to a lifetime of poor health, yet the government is doing little to address these upstream issues.
Only in Ontario can you eliminate between 250-300 positions caring for people and call it a “hospital improvement plan.”
Professional and support staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre were joined by members of the local health coalition to speak out September 6 about the state of their hospital after implementation of the plan.
The workers — represented by OPSEU, ONA and CUPE — held a short rally outside of MPP Jeff Leal’s constituency office on the day before the Ontario election. Despite advance warning, Leal was not present.
To watch a short video of the event, click on the box below: