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QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement in response to a report showing that the Alberta Surgical Initiative to outsource public surgeries to private facilities diverted resources from the public system and reduced provincial surgical capacity.

“The evidence is clear: privatizing healthcare only leads to poorer quality of care.

Everywhere it has been tried, the results have been the same – higher costs, longer wait times, and a public system starved of resources.

So why is the Premier pouring fuel on the fire of the healthcare crisis going down the very same private, for-profit path?

Ontarians need this government to invest in a strong public healthcare system that we can all rely on.

Further privatization of Ontario’s healthcare system means we will pay more for less care.

I call on the government to repeal Bill 60 and invest in publicly funded healthcare that prioritizes patient care over shareholder profits.

We can’t afford anything less.”

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