Province aims to ‘hand back’ health-care decisions to First Nations within years – Toronto Star

Western health care has not worked, Indigenous Health expert says, as Ontario announces funding in First Nations-run health-care programs

Feb. 14, 2018

Ontario’s health minister says he has faith the provincial government will “hand back” health-care decision-making power to First Nations within a matter of years.

“Our ultimate goal is a health-care system where these decisions are no longer made by the provincial government,” said Eric Hoskins, as part of an announcement Wednesday for funding in First Nations-run, health-care programs.

Dr. Suzanne Stewart, director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, said she was hopeful the minister would follow through on his promise that Indigenous people are going to be able to self-determine with respect to health.

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