is the sort of thing that made me pretty much indifferent to the post-Mike Harris Ontario Tories.
TORONTO (CP) - Ontario will spend more than $120 million to replace aging MRI and CT machines in an effort to reduce long waits for the high-tech diagnostic scans, Health Minister George Smitherman announced Thursday. [...]
The Opposition questioned the impact of Smitherman's announcement, saying the new MRI and CT machines are "mere replacements," not the additional scanners needed to truly shorten waiting lists.
"More galling is that Smitherman knows these machines are months away from delivery," Conservative health critic John Baird said.
"The government must provide the funding to increase the number of both MRI and CT scanners, or waiting lists will grow."
Excuse me? What is conservative (or Conservative) about that sentiment? Increasing the number of available MRI and CT scanners for use is and should not be the exclusive
responsibility of the provincial government. Once upon a time, the Ontario PC Party was at least open to the idea of free-market efficiency; now, they've drunk as deeply of the "privately delivered health care is un-Canadian" Kool-Aid as anyone else, and I'm disappointed. In its halcyon days, I probably never would have imagined ever saying it (young and stupid as I was at the time), but I really miss the dynamic vision of the Common Sense Revolution.