Ontario is investing an additional $11.6 million in hospitals in Kingston and Brockville. This is part of the province’s commitment to invest an additional $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals in 2018–19 — an increase of 4.6 per cent.
MPP Sophie Kiwala was at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital site 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 Kingston and Brockville’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.
“This is great news for both Kingston and Brockville and the patients that rely on these hospitals. This funding will help increase the number of essential services in hospitals, and it will help decrease wait times – allowing community members to spend more time with their families and less time waiting for care.”
— Sophie Kiwala MPP, Kingston and the Islands
“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
“This is a great investment towards improved patient care and will considerably help address the pressures faced by our local hospitals, while continuing to meet the growing health care needs of our communities.”
— Paul Huras, CEO, South East Local Health Integration Network
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