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Ontario Improving Access to Care in Kingston

Province Increasing Investment in Hospitals to Support Patients and Families

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November 25, 2017

Ontario is improving access to care in Kingston, helping to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that patients and families rely on.

Sophie Kiwala was at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston to highlight the new investment. Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu and Providence Care are receiving a combined total of $2, 751, 800 this year to improve access to care and reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in Kingston and area.

Hospital

Funding Allocation

Kingston General Hospital

            $890,900

The Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston

$284,600

Providence Care Centre

         $1,576,300

Recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the new investment from the province ensures that all public hospitals in Ontario have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year. Additional funding has been provided to hospitals to support population growth and changing health care needs in their communities.

Improving access to hospital services is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

QUOTES

“Our three hospitals, serving Kingston and our surrounding communities, will benefit greatly from this investment which will help decrease wait times and hospital stays, and will ensure that patients continue to receive high-quality care. I am proud that our province is addressing the increased demand on our health care system, and I know that constituents in my riding will be pleased with this news.”

— Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

“In recent years, hospitals have become more efficient while improving patient care, even as they face increased demand for services. Through this additional investment, our government is committed to ensuring hospitals maintain a high level of care to address the increased health care needs of a growing and aging population.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“On behalf of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for supporting hospitals with this needed investment as they work to provide care to patients under challenging circumstances. The resources made available, thanks to today’s announcement, will help ensure continued access to high quality health services in communities across Ontario.”

— Anthony Dale, President and CEO of Ontario Hospital Association

“Across the South East LHIN, our hospitals have been working hard to improve access to high quality care within tight fiscal constraints. Today’s announcement will help to ensure that patients across our region continue to receive excellent care in hospital, and are well supported as they transition through the health care system.“

— Paul Huras, CEO of South East LHIN

“Over the past few years we have seen increased demand for health care services from patients in Kingston and across southeastern Ontario. This new funding from the province will allow us continue to meet the needs of our patients and fulfil our role as the region’s provider of complex-acute and specialty care.”

— Jim Flett, Interim President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital

“Hotel Dieu Hospital is very grateful to receive $284,600 in additional base funding. We welcome this new investment as an acknowledgement of the excellent ambulatory care provided by the hospital and as a means of supporting the continued delivery of high-quality care and services to patients and families in our region.”

— Dr. David Pichora, CEO of Hotel Dieu Hospital

“This funding is welcome news, not only for Providence Care, but for our partner hospitals as well. We are grateful for this significant investment in Providence Care to continue to meet the needs of those who need our care and services and to ensure that residents in the Kingston region have access to excellent, high quality care, now and in the future.”

— Cathy Szabo, President and CEO of Providence Care

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing an additional $140 million in public hospitals across the province to ensure that they continue to meet the growing needs of their local communities. This new funding builds on an increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals as part of the 2016 Budget.
  • Since 2013, Kingston General Hospital has also received $4,465,600 to support planning and continuation of successful Emergency Department initiatives, such as hiring nurse practitioners to treat patients with less complex conditions.

  • Between 2014-2016, Hotel Dieu and Providence Care also received a combined total of $615,100 in funding for five programs that supported emergency department diversion and return-to-home services.

  • This year’s $51.8 billion health care budget is a 2.1 per cent increase over last year – greater than the rate of inflation.
  • According to a recent report from the Fraser Institute, Ontario has the shortest median wait times to see a specialist in the country. The province has committed to further reducing specialist wait times in The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s most recent mandate letter.

  • There are 147 public hospitals in Ontario.

LEARN MORE

2016 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

CONTACT

Nicole Honderich
Constituency Office Manager

MPP Sophie Kiwala, Kingston and the Islands
Tel: (613) 547-2385 | Fax (613) 547-5001
Email: skiwala.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
sophiekiwala.onmpp.ca

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