Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Ontario Improving Access to Care in Hospitals Across the Province
Province Increasing Investment in Hospitals to Support Patients and Families
Toronto, ON – Nov 25, 2016
Ontario is improving access to care in hospitals across the province, helping to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that patients and families rely on.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, was at Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health System, in Toronto today to highlight the new investment, recently announced in the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. Mount Sinai Hospital is receiving over $1.9 million in 2016/17 to improve access to care for patients and families.
The new investment 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.
The funding will help hospitals maintain and improve access to key services such as obstetrics, elective surgeries and diagnostic imaging, and will help reduce the length of hospital stays for patients.
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.