Ontario Government Invests in Elgin-Middlesex-London HospitalsPublished on June 05, 2020
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON—Today, MPP Jeff Yurek announced provincial funding for hospitals in the Elgin-Middlesex-London region. As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing $935 million more in hospitals this year.
As part of that funding, $594 million will support hospitals to meet current and future demands for regular services. This represents approximately a 3% overall increase in funding to the hospital sector.
This hospital investment takes into consideration incremental growth to support flexibility, annualizing 2019/20 in-year investments, and ensuring all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum of a 1% increase.
Local allocations are as follows:
- Thomas Elgin General Hospital: $3,479,100 (4.4% increase)
- Joseph’s Health Care, London: $2,936,900 (1% increase)
- London Health Sciences Centre: $12,954,900 (1.6% increase)
“I am very proud that our government is providing our local hospitals with the support needed to both address the current situation and be prepared for future demand,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “Our region is incredibly fortunate to have a world-class local healthcare system and it is more important than ever that these facilities have the resources they need to keep our communities safe and healthy.”
The provincial government recognizes the long-standing funding inequities for small- and medium-sized hospitals. To provide continued financial stability and relief, the $68 million investment from 2019/20 for small- and medium sized hospitals has been annualized as part of this funding.
“St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital thanks the Ontario government for the continued support in stabilizing medium-sized hospitals with this funding announcement,” said STEGH CEO Robert Biron.
These are extraordinary times that demand extraordinary measures. The Ontario government is also investing $341 million in hospitals to ensure their ongoing readiness to care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients. This includes funding for up to 1,000 acute care beds, 500 critical care beds and assessment centres.
The provincial government is committed to protecting the health of Ontarians. The government’s action plan will help to continue building a sustainable and connected health care system and equip hospitals to immediately tackle COVID 19.