Krmpotich talks pharmacare, minimum standards of care at health debate


Last night, NDP byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich presented clear policies at a health-focused debate hosted by the area chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition. At the event, Krmpotich spoke about the solutions the NDP has presented to deliver health care Sault families can count on — including plans to implement universal pharmacare and properly fund hospitals.

Krmpotich highlighted wait times for long-term care, chronic overcrowding at the Sault Area Hospital and a lack of services for mental health treatment as key concerns facing residents in the community.

“Our hospital is consistently overcrowded — it really is reaching a tipping point,” said Krmpotich. “Sault families deserve to get the care they need when they need it, be it at home, in long-term care or at the hospital.”
Health care in the Sault has been damaged by Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, which made cuts and forced budget freezes for years. This year, hospitals have been shortchanged by Wynne again — by $300 million.

“It’s not enough to just talk about the issues facing our community-Sault residents expect solutions put on the table,” said Krmpotich. “I’ll fight to ensure that Ontario implements universal pharmacare so people can get the medicine they need regardless of the size of their wallet. And I’ll fight for hospitals to have the resources to meet local needs – northern Ontario must not be ignored anymore.”