Ontario is making over 2,000 additional beds and spaces available this year to improve access to care for patients and families, and reduce wait times in hospitals, at home and in the community.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Sinai Health System today to announce the investment, which includes making more than 1,200 additional hospital beds available across Ontario. In the community of Kingston the Kingston Health Sciences Centre is receiving an additional 27 hospital beds. This funding comes as hospitals are preparing for an annual increase in demand due to the approaching flu season.
The province will also help patients continue to get the care they need as they transition from hospital to home by:
With the flu season approaching, the province is also encouraging people in Ontario to get the free flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the most common flu viruses expected this season. The vaccine is available starting this week at health care provider offices, local public health units or at participating pharmacies across the province.
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.
“Our government is taking action to ensure people across Ontario have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. By investing in hospitals, community care and home care, we are reducing wait times and improving access to health care services across our health system’s entire continuum of care.”
“This announcement and significant investment into health care in our community is welcome news. The additional beds at our local hospital and support for care for patients transitioning from hospital to home will have a very positive impact in Kingston and the Islands. I am pleased that we continue to put the needs of patients at the forefront of our investments in health care in Ontario.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP, Kingston and the Islands
“Kingston Health Sciences Centre would like to thank the Provincial Government and the Ministry of Health for this funding announced today. Each winter we see our patient volumes increase as a result of influenza and this funding will ensure that we have the resources required to meet the anticipated increases in health care needs for our region while continuing to deliver the high-quality patient care that our patients expect.”
— Dr. David Pichora, President and CEO, KHSC
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