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$518 Million Boost in Hospital Funding to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $518 million in public hospitals this year to provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at The Hospital for Sick Children today to announce a 3.1 per cent increase in public hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget. This would directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would:

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

Quick Facts

  • The Hospital for Sick Children will receive more than $9 million in additional funding in 2017–18 for priority services such as transplants, left ventricular assist devices for destination therapy, cochlear implants, and a joint Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Clinic with University Health Network. This funding will also be used to reduce the time patients spend in the emergency department.
  • Each of Ontario’s 145 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase in funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to almost $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.

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“By increasing our investment in each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I am proud of our government’s commitment to continue to improve our health care system across the province of Ontario. In Toronto Centre, we are increasing funding to a number of our hospitals and health care facilities. As a government, we are committed to improve health care service and access to the people of Toronto Centre and across the province of Ontario.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

“This balanced budget not only provides an instant injection to the front lines of our healthcare professionals, but it adds to an incredible investment that will go a long way in serving the needs of the residents of Trinity-Spadina and to Ontarians across the Province.”

Han Dong

MPP Trinity-Spadina

“On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this investment in patient care. It is an acknowledgement of the capacity challenges that hospitals have been facing and alongside the other investments made in Budget 2017 also signals a renewed commitment from government to enhancing access to care across the continuum.”

Anthony Dale

President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

“Having the appropriate levels of funding is critical for SickKids, enabling us to provide the best, most efficient care for our young patients. We are thankful to the Government of Ontario for this strategic investment in our health care system. This 'booster shot' will benefit all hospitals across Ontario and allow us to continue to provide the highest level of health care to all Ontarians.”

Dr. Michael Apkon

President and CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children

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