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Kingston Hospitals to Get $13.8 Million Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Kingston to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $7,659,543. in Kingston Health Sciences Centre and $6,224,500 in Providence Care that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in Kingston is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would: 

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

QUOTES

“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“I am proud of our government’s investment in both Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care Centre. This increase to base funding will not only improve access to vital services, but will also improve wait times for patients right here in our community, We are continuing to work with health care centres across the province to build a stronger, healthier Ontario.”
—Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

“This funding will ensure hospitals across our region can continue to provide high quality and accessible care for patients and their families in the south east and beyond.” 
—Paul Huras, South East Local Health Integration Network  

"On behalf of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and our two sites, Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to MPP Kiwala and the Provincial Government for the funding announced today. We, in the Kingston health care community, are pleased to see the emphasis put on health-care in the most recent Provincial budget. It’s through funding such as this that we are each able to continue to provide high-quality healthcare to patients from across Southeastern Ontario."
– Dr. David Pichora, CEO Kingston Health Sciences Centre

“We are very grateful to learn of this funding to help support the care and services that Providence Care provides to some of the most vulnerable populations in the region. Through this investment we are ensuring that our patients and clients in our hospital, our community programs and in our long-term care home, have on-going access to safe, high-quality healthcare where and when they need it.”
— Cathy Szabo, President & CEO, Providence Care

QUICK FACTS

  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.

LEARN MORE

2017 Ontario Budget
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

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