Ontario Providing More Support for Hospital Care in St. Thomas-ElginPublished on October 17, 2019
ST. THOMAS— Ontario is taking further action to end hallway health care by making increased investments in the province’s hospitals. Today, Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced additional funding for the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH):
- $1.47 million
“Our government is supporting local hospitals by ensuring they have the resources they need to meet the growing needs of our community,” said MPP Yurek. “This new investment in STEGH is another example of how Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care, while delivering 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 investment will:
- Help ensure that families in St. Thomas-Elgin 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.”
This funding includes 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.
- Ontario will invest $27 billion over the next 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects across Ontario, including adding 3,000 new hospital beds.