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  • March 23, 2018

Stronger Hospitals, Better Care for London

Major Funding Boost Will Reduce Wait Times, Address Capacity Issues and Provide Better Care Closer to Home

Ontario is investing an additional $35 million in London hospitals. This is part of the province’s commitment to invest an additional $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals in 2018–19.

MPP Deb Matthews was at St. Joseph’s Health Care London 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 London’s changing population.

This 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 priority procedures such as cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, and medical imaging.

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.

 

QUOTES

“Our government is working hard to increase capacity in our health system with this important investment. With this new funding, Londoner’s will have faster access to world-class care at our hospitals.”

— Deb Matthews MPP, London North Centre

“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, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“St. Joseph’s Health Care London is delighted that the government is investing in health care and hospital services so that our community and region can have improved access to care locally. For nearly 150 years, St. Joseph’s has been providing excellent, compassionate care and this will allow us the opportunity to continue this legacy and to look to the future as St. Joseph’s evolves to better serve our community and region.”

— Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

“London Health Sciences Centre welcomes the additional investment in health care in both our hospitals and the community. Providing high-quality and timely access to care is our top priority at LHSC and the increased funding announced today will help make a positive difference to our patients.”

— Dr. Paul Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer, London Health Sciences Centre

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • St. Joseph’s Health Care will receive more than $11 in additional funding in 2018–19, which includes $8.2 million in non-targeted funds, representing an increase of 3% and $2.85 million in targeted funds, representing an increase of 1%.
  • London Health Sciences Centre will receive more than $24 million in additional funding in 2018–19, which includes $11.65 million in non-targeted funds, representing an increase of 1.5% and $12.56 million in targeted funds, representing an increase of 1.6%.
  • In February 2018, Ontario renewed its support to address 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.

 

 

LEARN MORE

 

Speech from the Throne

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare

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