Ontario Increases Hospital Funding By $90 Million To Address Overcrowding

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The Government is delivering on its promise to end hallway health care by taking urgent action to expand access to long-term care, reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season and work with front line health care professionals and other experts to transform the province’s health care system.

Today, Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced that Ontario is moving forward with building 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario. These 6,000 new long-term care beds represent the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds that the government has committed to build over the next 5 years.

As an immediate measure, Ford and Elliott also announced that Ontario will create over 640 new beds and spaces and continue funding beds and spaces already operating in the hospital and community sectors across Ontario to help communities prepare for the surge that accompanies the upcoming flu season.

These actions will ease pressure on hospitals, help doctors and nurses work more efficiently, and provide better, faster health care for patients and their families.

Ford and Elliott made their announcement at the inaugural meeting of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Rueben Devlin, the Council will recommend strategic priorities and actions to improve Ontario’s health outcomes and improve patient satisfaction, while making Ontario’s health care system more efficient.

The additional $90 million investment to address hallway medicine will create over 640 new beds and spaces and continue funding beds and spaces already operating in the hospital and community sectors, including:

  • Sinai Health System – Bridgepoint
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Hogarth Riverview Manor
  • Pine Villa
  • Bayshore
  • Cooksville Care Centre
  • Humber River Hospital – Church Street site

Some facilities will receive additional funding immediately to address current capacity
pressures and the remaining will receive funding in the fall/winter for flu season.

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