Ontario PCs would scrap eHealth

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency files)

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency files)

Jonathan Jenkins, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

TORONTO — A Progressive Conservative government would scrap eHealth Ontario.

Leader Tim Hudak will unveil his party's plan at at a pharmacy in Toronto later in the morning.

Officials said the PCs are still committed to digitizing health records but will do so without the eHealth agency.

Scandal-plagued eHealth has a long and controversial history. The quest for a digital medical records system in Ontario was first launched by the PC government, of which Hudak was a member.

The Liberals revamped the agency into eHealth Ontario after their re-election in 2007, but it quickly ran into a major spending controversy involving consultants earning $3,000 an hour and expensing everything from posh dinners to tea and Coco-bites.

Heads rolled, including then-health minister David Caplan, after Auditor General Jim McCarter found $1 billion had been spent over a decade with little progress towards creating electronic health records.

McCarter later said "hundreds of millions" were wasted.


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