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York Region Hospitals to Receive Over $14.5M Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

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

Vaughan-York Region MPPs Steven Del Duca, Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jaczek, and Reza Moridi are pleased to announce that Ontario will invest an additional $14, 883,419 in three York Region Hospitals that would provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in York Region 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.

2017/18 Total Base and One-time investments:

Mackenzie Health $ 5,808,404 (3.26% increase)     

Southlake Regional Health Centre $ 5,746,684 (2.02% increase)

Markham Stouffville Hospital $ 3,328,331 (2.02% increase)

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

 "The role of the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is to plan, fund and integrate health care services for our local hospitals along with over 90 other health care service providers. Improving health care access and creating a more patient-centred system is central to our mandate. This additional investment will help provide more care for more people."

– Kim Baker, CEO, Central LHIN

 “Our government is committed to a strong, stable and publicly-funded hospital system that delivers high quality patient care. This funding will provide a number of benefits to patients and families in York Region who use Mackenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill.  It will assist with the health care needs of our community, which is experiencing rapid population growth, and it ensure patients receive the best possible care closer to home.  With this funding, wait times will also be reduced for a number of priority procedures for which wait times are currently the longest.”

─Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

Reducing wait times and improving the patient care is fundamental in our government’s Patient First Action Plan. The investments made to York Region Hospitals through the 2017 Ontario Budget will ensure we are protecting health care for residents today and for years to come.”

─Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“With the rapid growth in York Region, our hospitals are experiencing increased demand on services.  This investment in our York Region Hospitals will continue to improve access to health care for individuals in our community.  Reducing wait time for individuals and their families is just one important outcome that this increased funding will have.”

 –Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“This significant investment in health care in Ontario demonstrates our government's ongoing priority to build capacity and improve patient experience. The dedicated staff at Markham Stouffville Hospital work hard around the clock to care for us and this funding for operations will support their efforts to provide residents of our high-growth community with the quality health care they need, close to home.”
– Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville          

It is wonderful news that the Ontario Government is investing over half a billion dollars in the hospital sector. In Newmarket-Aurora, this investment for will help reduce wait times, create better access to more medical procedures and add to the already high standard of care we enjoy..”

-Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

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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