Bill 138 (An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact, amend and repeal various statutes) is a sweeping omnibus Bill. Two sections are of particular note for health care and the broader public sector:  Schedule 37 which would enact the Supply Chain Management Act and  Schedule 19, which amends the Independent Health Facilities Act. Both raise serious threats of restructuring and privatization.
Hospitals are threatened by the expansion of private clinics through Bill 138: it allows for the expansion of private clinics by easing the process to apply for a license to operate one.
Until now, overnight stays have not been allowed at private clinics. Now that is also in question.
Expanding private clinics allows physicians to set up clinics and skim off the easiest and most lucrative surgeries, scopes and other procedures. This will undermine our hospitals.
97% of private clinics are operated on a for-profit basis. It is a widespread practice that these clinics charge user fees, according to the Ontario Health Coalition.
WHEREAS: The Ontario government is moving to privatize hospital support services and to significantly expand the delivery of clinical services in private for-profit clinics as evidenced by its support for Bill 138, particularly Schedules 19 and 37.
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: We ask that this government abandon its plans to privatize healthcare services.