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Ottawa, Mar 25 (Canadian-Media): An additional funding of $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals, an increase of 4.6 percent in 2018-19 was announced Mar 22 by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at North York General Hospital, media reports said.
This overall increase of 4.6 percent is on top of the 3.2 percent provided last year which would reportedly allow hospitals to invest in the care and supports that address the specific needs of their patients and community.
Hospital operating funding in Ontario was also reportedly increased by more than 65 percent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to almost $19 billion in 2018-19.
"Whether you rely on our health care system once a day, once a year or once in a while, everyone in Ontario deserves high-quality care when they need it — and our skilled, dedicated health care professionals deserve the right resources to deliver it. That’s why our government is investing more to help hospitals deliver better care for patients. It will relieve stress and anxiety for patients, their families and caregivers, and increase patient access to crucial services and procedures — from cardiac services to mental health care. It’s all part of our commitment to help people lead healthy and happy lives — because a healthier Ontario is a stronger Ontario," Wynne was reported to state.
Kathleen Wynne. Image credit: Twitter handle
Kathleen was joined by Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, at North York General Hospital to explain how this major increase in hospital funding will provide better access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of Ontario's growing and aging population.
"We are committed to making sure hospitals have the resources and supports they need to meet the needs of growing and aging communities. With this historic investment, publicly funded hospitals can increase capacity, decrease wait times and improve access to care for families across Ontario," Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care was reported to state.
Helena Jaczek. Image credit: Facebook page
Increased need for hospital beds was responded by Ontario's renewed in support with a $187 million investment in 2018-19 to improve access to care and reduced wait times.
North York General Hospital will reportedly receive more than $10.8 million in additional funding in 2018-19, representing a 4.4 percent increase, which includes more than 550 additional MRI (Medical Resonance Imaging) hours for high-risk patients, and support the hospital’s busy emergency department.
Essential services to reduce wait times and priority procedures such as cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, and medical imaging would reportedly benefit patients and families across Ontario from this increased funding.
An additional $100 million in 2017–18 in home care supports and services had been invested by Ontario and it is creating 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 over the next decade.
In addition Ontario is reportedly historically expanding mental health and addiction services, with an increase of $2.1 billion over four years.
"On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for this important investment in hospital care. This funding is crucial to maintaining access to services in 2018–19. In the time ahead it is absolutely essential that all system partners accelerate the work and investments needed to end hospital overcrowding and ensure that patients get access to the care they need in the most appropriate setting," Anthony Dale, CEO, Ontario Hospital Association was reported to state.
Ontario plans to make prescription drugs free for seniors through Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)+ for seniors 65 and over starting in August 2019, has already made prescription medications free for everyone under the age of 25.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)