Ontario Hospital Association Welcomes Investments in Hospitals and Health Care System

Funds Will Help Maintain Stability and Access for Patients and Clients

TORONTO, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) welcomed the 2017-18 Ontario Budget, calling it positive news for Ontario's hospitals and the health care system.

"Today's budget announcement is an investment in patient care and will help maintain system stability and strengthen access to frontline services," said OHA President and CEO Anthony Dale. "The government's significant investments in hospital capital will help to support a sustainable health care system for the future."

Over the last five years, hospitals have advocated for investments in other parts of the system, such as home and community care and long-term care, to ensure health care dollars were being allocated to the area of greatest need. As the system continues to undergo intense transformation, the investments across the continuum of care will have a positive impact on patients and clients throughout the province.

"Given the unusual circumstances of the recent capacity surge, Ontario hospitals had no choice but to advocate for a rather significant investment," said Dale. "Today's investment in the health care sector is an acknowledgement of the capacity challenges that hospitals have been facing. It also signals a renewed commitment from government to expand and enhance access to care across the continuum."

While individual allocations are not yet known, the OHA and its members will continue to work with government to monitor the impact on individual hospitals.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information: Media contact: Samantha Grant, OHA Public Affairs, 416-205-1376, sgrant@oha.com

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