TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
President and CEO Anthony Dale released the following statement
regarding the 2014 Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations:
"Ontario's hospital leaders are committed to supporting the Province's
balanced budget objective, but recognize that even with aggressive
efficiency improvements — over and above what hospitals typically
achieve on an annual basis — Ontario's health care system is facing
Ontario's hospitals are already among the most efficient in Canada. In
2013, the Government of Ontario would have had to spend an additional
$3.6 billion dollars on hospitals in order to meet the level spent in
other provinces. The dividend allows greater investment in other areas
of health care. And, with the exception of small hospitals, Ontario's
hospitals have also received 0% increases in base operating funding in
the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years.
The OHA is calling on the government to create a comprehensive,
health-system capacity plan. We believe that such a plan is vital to
meeting Ontario's health system challenges, now and in the future.
Capacity planning includes activities such as forecasting and
benchmarking the number of different types of beds or services in
hospitals or long-term care and the number of assisted living spaces,
home care hours, primary care services, mental health services — to
name a few areas — required to meet the needs of different populations.
A comprehensive capacity plan would drive sound decision-making
regarding where care should be provided, who should provide it, and how
it should be funded. We need to develop a provincial process for
forecasting the necessary breadth and mix of services across the
different health care sectors.
The ability to make strategic investments for both the short- and
long-term is a key success factor in transforming the health system.
To view a copy of the OHA's full submission to the Standing Committee on
Finance and Economic Affairs, visit www.oha.com.
SOURCE: Ontario Hospital Association
For further information:
Amy Clark, OHA Public Affairs, 416-205-1433 or firstname.lastname@example.org