Stronger Hospitals, Better Care for York Region
Major Funding Boost Will Reduce Wait Times, Address Capacity Issues and Provide Better Care Closer to Home
Ontario is investing an additional $63.4 million in York Region hospitals. This is part of the province's commitment to invest an additional $822 million in Ontario hospitals in 2018-19 -- an increase of 4.6 per cent.
Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, at Southlake Regional Health Centre to explain how this major increase in hospital funding will improve access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of Ontario's changing population.
The overall increase of 4.6 per cent across the province is on top of the 3.2 per cent provided last year -- allowing hospitals to invest with more precision in the care and supports that address the specific needs of their patients and community.
Patients and families across Ontario will also directly benefit from this increased funding with the expansion of essential services to reduce wait times and enhance access to priority procedures such as cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, cataract surgeries and MRI scans.
Ontario has also approved a project to add 12 new adult mental health beds at Southlake Regional Health Centre. This project includes the renovation of approximately 8,000 square feet of space, and will include space for activity rooms, a patient lounge and interview rooms.
Increasing funding to hospitals and access to high-quality health care across the province is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Southlake Regional Health Centre will receive $8.7 million in additional funding in 2018-19, which includes 144 cataract surgeries, 22 hip and knee replacement surgeries, more than 300 MRI hours for high risk patients, and support for the hospital’s busy emergency department.
- In February 2018, Ontario renewed its support to address the increased need for hospital beds with a $187 million investment in 2018-19 that further supports access to care and reduced wait times.
- Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased by more than 65 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to almost $19 billion in 2018-19.
- The province invested an additional $100 million in 2017-18 in home care supports and services.
- Ontario is creating 5,000 long-term care beds over the next four years and more than 30,000 over the next decade.
- Ontario is launching a historic expansion of mental health and addiction services, with the biggest provincial investment in Canadian history — an increase of $2.1 billion over four years.
- Starting in August 2019, Ontario plans to make prescription drugs free for seniors through OHIP+ for seniors 65 and over, building on the province’s biggest expansion of medicare in a generation that has already made prescription medications free for everyone under the age of 25.
“We are committed to make sure hospitals like Southlake Regional Health Centre have the resources and supports they need to meet the needs of our growing and aging communities. With this major investment in Southlake Regional Health Centre, the skilled and compassionate team will be able to increase capacity, decrease wait times and improve access to care for families across Ontario.”
“We thank Minister Jaczek and Minister Ballard for recognizing the vital role Southlake plays in the lives of almost 1.5 million residents in York Region and Simcoe County. We are especially pleased to receive funding for 12 desperately needed mental health beds, creating a lifeline for almost 500 more patients a year in crisis. Today’s announcement helps to ease the pressures we’re facing as we care for a growing and aging population.”
“The whole Southlake organization has worked so hard to deliver consistent, high quality service to the residents of Newmarket and Aurora and I commend them for their incredible efforts. I am thrilled that the Minister is here and announcing an increase in the hospital’s funding of $8.7 million. This increase recognizes their efforts and the ongoing pressures that Southlake is facing.”