Chatham-Kent Hospitals to Get $2,204,750 Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget
Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Chatham-Kent to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services
Ontario will invest an additional $2,204,750 in Chatham-Kent Health Alliance that would provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.
This investment in Chatham-Kent 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.
“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
“The Erie St. Clair LHIN welcomes these additional resources for our local hospitals. These investments will allow us to reduce wait times, improve access, and develop local improvements for care in our communities.”
- Ralph Ganter, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN
- 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.
2017 Ontario Budget
Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care