On June 4th, during Question Period, the Conservatives and the NDP got into a debate about who is the best at privatizing health care. The debate (from Hansard) is below:
Mr. Swan: Well, Madam Speaker, the KPMG report also recommends privatizing primary-care facilities that Manitobans depend upon. It recommends privatizing diagnostic testing. We know the Premier's on the road to doing that.
The KPMG report also recommends privatizing ACCESS centres and personal-care homes. These facilities provide quality care to families and seniors that keeps them healthy and out of the hospital. They should be available to every Manitoban, no matter how much money that Manitoban may have. The KPMG report written on the Premier's terms recommends cuts to essential care that families depend upon.
Will the Premier today tell Manitoba families that he will reject these recommendations and protect public ACCESS centres and public personal-care homes?
Mr. Pallister: Well, there you go, Madam Speaker. I mean, the members opposite and their mismanagement of health care drove more people to pursue private care than ever before in the history of Manitoba. They've purchased more services for health care from private sources than any government in the history of Manitoba.