$8 billion so far for unfinished job at eHealth

Shawn Jeffords, Political Bureau Chief

By Shawn Jeffords, Political Bureau Chief

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk at Queen's Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk at Queen's Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Toronto - 

More than $8 billion and 14 years later, Ontario still doesn’t have a working electronic health records system.

That according to Ontario’s auditor general, who tabled her annual report Wednesday. In it, she notes that “significant components” of the eHealth system are still not working in 2016 after a government pledge seven years ago to have electronic health records for every Ontarian by 2015.

“The initiative has certainly advanced since our last audit in 2009,” Lysyk said. “However, it is still not possible to say if it is on budget because the government never set an overall budget for it.

“In effect, we cannot say if the $8 billion is a reasonable figure.”

sjeffords@postmedia.com