Ontario Providing More Support for Hospitals
Increased Investments Part of Ontario’s Plan to End Hallway Health Care
TORONTO — Ontario is taking further action to end hallway health care by making increased investments in the province's hospitals.
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, at Casey House to announce an additional investment of $68 million to support small- and medium-sized hospitals across Ontario with their unique situations and funding challenges. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more that Ontario's hospitals received this year as part of the province's 2019 budget.
"Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care," said Elliott. "Working with our hospital partners, we are fixing long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small- and medium-sized hospitals. We have listened to patients, frontline staff and key stakeholders to determine how we can fix historical inequities to provide financial stability and relief to hospitals, regardless of their size."
This funding includes a province-wide increase in funding of one per cent for 66 small-sized hospitals, 1.5 per cent for 23 medium-sized hospitals and targeted funding to assist with unique situations and historical funding challenges.
"Over many years, the province's hospital funding methodology has significantly disadvantaged medium-sized hospitals and this has affected their stability in recent times," said Anthony Dale, President and CEO of Ontario Hospital Association. "Today's announcement demonstrates significant progress toward addressing this inequity. On behalf of these communities throughout Ontario, we thank Minister Elliott. We look forward to continuing to work with government to improve the funding methodology for all hospitals."
This investment will:
- Help ensure that Ontarians continue to have access to high-quality care;
- Help put an end to hallway health care;
- Address sector challenges and previous funding model inequities;
- Promote the sustainability of hospital operations; and
- Protect existing core services in communities across the province.
"The ministry is committed to supporting an efficient and stable hospital system," said Martin. "This investment is another example of how Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care, while delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care."