Michael continues to question Premier on health care questions
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continued to look for answers from the premier on the health summit he will host in January to determine how to reduce health care costs.
Michael is concerned by the way both government and opposition leaders are talking about cutting costs rather than focusing on patient care. She fears decisions made will benefit bottom lines more than people and further, that decisions based on an annual budget will preclude investments that could both lower costs and increase quality of life in years to come.
“The Premier said yesterday that the summit on health care will help the government to make better the health care services for the people of the province,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“In the name of the constituents who came to my town hall on health, I ask the Premier if his summit will deal with the lack of adequate community-based supports for people with mental health needs as called for in the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act?”
Michael hears frequently from people who have to live with the shortcomings of our health system. Sometimes the patients themselves contact her; sometimes it is their parents or other caregivers.
“I heard again today from a parent who is desperate for help with her child who has Autism Spectrum Disorder,” she said. “Will his summit deal with the needs of children like this child who are waiting years for treatment?”
Michael also pointed to a universally accessible homecare program as a move that would both improve people’s lives and ultimately mean decreased overall spending.