Increased Investments Part of Ontario's Plan to End Hallway Health Care
St. Thomas, October 17, 2019 - 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):
"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
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
This investment will:
- Help ensure that families in St. Thomas-Elgin continue to have access to high-quality
- 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.