Increased Investments MAHC Part of Ontario’s Plan to End Hallway Health Care
Bracebridge, ON — Ontario is working towards ending hallway health care by making increased investments in the province’s small and medium-sized hospitals. Today, Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka announced additional funding for local hospitals including $3.19 million for Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare.
“Our government recognizes that medium-sized hospitals were struggling under the funding formula so this funding is designed to ensure our local hospitals have the resources they need to meet the needs of our community,” said Miller. “This new investment in Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare will help deliver on our commitment to end hallway health care.”
Across Ontario, the government is investing an additional $68 million to support small- and medium-sized hospitals. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more that Ontario’s hospitals received this year as part of the province’s 2019 budget.
“This announcement is great news for our communities in Muskoka and area, and helps MAHC to ease our operating pressures,” said MAHC CEO Natalie Bubela. “We appreciate the ongoing advocacy by Mr. Miller for our medium-sized, multi-site hospital and the support of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, Minister of Health and provincial government in affording us to focus on what we do best – providing outstanding integrated health care to our communities.”
This investment will:
- Help ensure that families in Parry Sound-Muskoka continue to have access to high-quality care;
- Help put an end to hallway health care;
- Address sector challenges and previous funding model inequities;
- Promote the sustainability of hospital operations; and
- Protect existing core services in communities across the province.
“Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Working with our hospital partners, we are fixing long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small- and medium-sized hospitals. We have listened to patients, frontline staff and key stakeholders to determine how we can fix historical inequities to provide financial stability and relief to hospitals, regardless of their size.”
Miller also announced an additional $1.6 million in funding for West Parry Sound Health Centre.
This funding is part of a province-wide increase in funding of one per cent for 66 small-sized hospitals, 1.5 per cent for 23 medium-sized and multi-site hospitals and targeted funding to assist with unique situations and historical funding challenges.