Ontario Calls For New Long-Term Deal On Health Care
McGuinty Government Committed to Helping Families
Ontario is calling on the federal government to work with the provinces to deliver a new long-term deal on health care.
That's the message Premier Dalton McGuinty delivered today during a speech to the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
Ontario welcomes Ottawa's recent commitment to 6 per cent increases in health transfers, but Ontario is also seeking a long-term commitment from the federal government -- Canada pays only 23 per cent of Ontario's health costs.
Further health care reforms are needed to meet the needs of Ontario's rapidly aging population. A new long-term deal should focus on giving seniors more options in their homes and communities.
Ontario has made significant progress in health care. This is in part because the current health accord invested in strategic reforms such as wait times and access to care. In fact, Ontario is now a national leader in reducing wait times and 94 per cent of Ontarians have a family doctor.
- The current 10-year federal health agreement expires in 2014.
- In the next 10 years, 1.6 million Ontarians will turn 65, the traditional retirement age - that's twice as many people as between 1981 and 1991.
- According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, seniors account for 14 per cent of the population but 44 per cent of health care spending.
- The Fraser Institute's 20th annual waiting list survey found Ontario had the shortest wait times for surgical and other therapeutic treatments.
- The 2011 Wait Times Alliance report showed that Ontario had the shortest total wait times in Canada.
“Ontario is moving forward with improvements to our health care system. We can do even more with a strong federal partner. The renewal of long-term funding for health care will be the most important issue facing our governments in the coming years.”