Ontario will invest an additional $7.9 million in the University of Ottawa Heart Institute that would provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.
This investment in Ottawa is part of a 3.1 per cent average 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
This additional funding will allow hospitals across Ottawa to reduce waiting times, offer better access to more procedures and continue delivering the world class health care that families rely on.
— John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
This significant increase in our funding is great news for our patients, their families, and the entire Champlain region. As our team continues to thrive on excellence and innovation in the way we care for our patients, the support from the Government of Ontario will ensure cardiovascular care in our region remains the best in our country.
— Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
This new funding will help create a stronger health system by increasing access to important hospital services. Through these additional investments, people will receive more effective and efficient care in a health system that is becoming more and more integrated and accountable.
— Chantale LeClerc, CEO of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
- Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
- Hospitals in Ottawa are receiving over $35.9 million increase to their base funding in 2017-2018.
- 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.