The section of the draft bill that Horwath warned would lead to privatization says that the super agency "may designate a person or entity, or a group of persons or entities, as an integrated care delivery system" as long as they have the ability to deliver at least two types of health services, including hospital, primary care, home care or long-term care services.
Last week the NDP released a draft version of upcoming PC health-care legislation, which would dissolve the province's Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) and create a "super agency" to oversee the health system. Elliott also said the documents were non-partisan public service documents that she had never seen. "As we bring forward desperately needed and overdue change to health-care in this province, Ontarians will continue to access reliable, public health-care".
Both sets of leaked documents show the government is creating a health "super agency" that would be in charge of managing health services, quality improvement, patient relations, digital health and tissue donation and transplants, among other responsibilities.
A new structure for health care in Ontario is laid out in a January 22 briefing document.
"It's a done deal, legislation is written, board members have been appointed, and Doug Ford already has cabinet approval", said Horwath, leader of the opposition.
The documents suggest the government is looking at private sector providers of public health labs and the air ambulance system, Ornge, but Elliott told a media conference that she has no intention of privatizing these health services.
Elliott said none of those services will be privatized. "It is ordinary course of business to develop draft options".
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is just fearmongering in order to fundraise, Elliott said, pointing out an NDP web post about the documents that leads to a plea for cash.
Elliott accused Horwath of needlessly spreading fear and playing politics with the health-care system.
Plans for Ontario's new super health agency are already underway, CTV News Toronto has learned.
"(Premier Doug) Ford is going to privatize specific, critical services and he's throwing open the door to even more privatization", she said.
"This scheme is an unprecedented opportunity for private, for-profit corporations to get their mitts on our health care system", she said. It's not clear if for-profit and private entities will win contracts to form MyCare Groups; but it's clear that MyCare groups will be given the power to contract out frontline health care to private, for-profit entities.
Then, front-line care will be managed by 30 to 50 MyCare Groups, formed through a bid system with "Expression of Interest" due in March.