The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is receiving a $1.73-million boost from the Province of Ontario.
Last week, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, to announce an additional investment of $68 million to support small- and medium-sized hospitals across Ontario.
Lori Marshall, president and CEO at the CKHA, said she was happy with the announcement.
“So pleased with our portion of this funding,” Marshall tweeted.
“Provides for sustainability at both our Wallaceburg and Chatham sites.”
Marshall also thanked Elliott, along with Minister Monte McNaughton, the MPP in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and Rock Nicholls, the MPP in Chatham-Kent-Leamington, for “addressing this long standing funding gap.”
McNaughton took to Twitter following the announcement as well.
— Monte McNaughton (@MonteMcNaughton) October 18, 2019
Provincial officials say 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.
“Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care,” said Elliott, in a press release.
“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 hospitals and targeted funding to assist with unique situations and historical funding challenges, provincial officials say.
“Over many years, the province’s hospital funding methodology has significantly disadvantaged medium-sized hospitals and this has affected their stability in recent times,” stated Anthony Dale, President and CEO of Ontario Hospital Association, in a media release.
“(This) announcement demonstrates significant progress toward addressing this inequity. On behalf of these communities throughout Ontario, we thank Minister Elliott. We look forward to continuing to work with government to improve the funding methodology for all hospitals.”
Provincial officials say this investment will:
– Help ensure that Ontarians 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.
“The ministry is committed to supporting an efficient and stable hospital system,” Martin added.
“This investment 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.”