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Ontario has begun to invest in hospital beds in an effort to improve access to care and reduce hospital wait times. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the renewal of ongoing support for hospitals to help meet the needs of communities throughout the province.
Ontario provided support to hospitals last fall, opening an additional 1,235 beds and increasing capacity during increased demand. Additional investments included 150 new transitional care beds at the Reactivation Care Centre, 61 new mental health hospital beds, and 6 new long-term ventilation hospital beds.
The province is renewing these investments for 2018 to 2019 to provide continued support for hospitals and relieve stress associated with rising demand, while providing adequate care and peace of mind to residents.
“Last fall, we provided hospitals with much needed funding to help manage the increased demand for health care services,” said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins. “We recognize hospitals across the province need this ongoing support, which is why Ontario is committing $187 million to ensure patients and families can access health care services when and where they need it.”
Humber River Hospital President and CEO Barb Collins responded, saying, “On behalf of Humber River Hospital, I would like to thank Minister Hoskins and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for their continued investment in support of the 1,200 beds that have been made available to alternate level of care (ALC) patients.”
“This additional capacity supports a patient-centered approach, allowing the delivery of the right level of care, to the right patient, in the right setting, benefitting both ALC patients and acute care patients. We look forward to continuing to work with the government on this important initiative moving forward.”
The alternate level of care patients referenced by Collins typically include seniors who are awaiting options such as long-term care homes and rehabilitation facilities, which often run low on space despite efforts to increase capacity.
In the publication Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors (November, 2017), Hoskins emphasizes the need to provide needed care for senior citizens. “After a lifetime of working hard and building Ontario up to the thriving society it is today, we owe it to Ontario seniors to ensure they have the support they need to enjoy a high quality of life, right until the end of life.”
Anthony Dale, President and CEO of Ontario Hospital Association had the following to say: “The Ontario Hospital Association welcomes the renewal of the government’s surge strategy. This effort has been instrumental in helping hospitals manage extraordinary occupancy pressures this winter. To fundamentally address this challenge over the next year, it is essential to accelerate innovation and the creation of new models of care, further stabilize hospital operations, and aggressively build new service capacity across all parts of Ontario’s health care system.”
In addition to providing care, the province seeks to improve overall quality of life for residents. According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website, “health is also about more than the care they receive from providers. It is about living a healthier life, avoiding getting sick and learning about good ways to manage illness when it happens. Creating a culture of health and wellness will support Ontarians in making educated, informed decisions about their care.”