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The ongoing fight against privatized healthcare

JP Hornick and Dr. Naheed Dosani discuss the current crisis facing public healthcare in Ontario


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Breanne Doyle

Length: 0:30:00
Uploaded: 16 Sep, 2022

Recording Date: 16 Sep, 2022
Recording Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: 1 Month
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Copyright: rabble 2022

Program Title: The ongoing fight against privatized healthcare
Description: In 1959, the then-premier of Saskatchewan, Thomas Douglas envisioned a universal, pre-paid and publicly administered health care system – the first of its kind in North America. This plan for Saskatchewan prompted the federal government to initiate a national strategy to subsidize socialized medicine and support provinces in the shift to a universal system.

He’s recognized as “the father of Medicare,” and the one to thank for our universal healthcare system as we know it in Canada today.

But is this system in trouble?

This is not a conversation which is new to rabble radio.

In May, rabble contributor Doreen Nicoll sat down with Natalie Mehra, the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition to talk about the privatization of long-term care homes in Ontario. Nicoll spoke to Sarah Jama, the co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, later that month to talk about the importance of accessible health services in regard to those who are differently abled.

This week, we continue the conversation by sharing an interview from the first episode of the newest season of Courage My Friends.

In this interview, host Resh Budhu speaks to JP Hornick, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, and palliative care physician and health justice activist, Dr. Naheed Dosani. The three discuss the current crisis facing public healthcare in Ontario.

Courage My Friends is a podcast series presented by and the Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College, with the support of the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation.

Hosted on Needs No Introduction, a sister podcast to rabble radio, this season’s Courage My Friends will focus on housing, education, erosion of public goods, just economics, the plight of migrant workers, and the climate crisis.

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Photo by: Marcelo Leal on Unsplash

Host(s): Breanne Doyle
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Credits: Breanne Doyle - host, script, editor, producer
Nick Seebruch - ICMYI, script
Kim Elliott - publisher
Karl Nerenberg - music


Health > Policy
Type: Interview

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