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Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Hospitals get $9,441,117 Boost from 2017 Provincial Budget

Posted May 8th, 2017 in News


Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN Hospitals to Get $9,441,117 Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in the HNHB LHIN to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $9,441,117 in Niagara hospitals that would provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients. This will include:

Niagara Health System will be receiving an additional $7,787,993 to their $379,482,730 total opening base funding for 2017/18
Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre will be receiving an additional $493,200 to their $24,659,254 total opening base funding for 2017/18
Haldimand War Memorial Hospital will be receiving $244,300 in additional funding to their $12,213,650 total opening base funding  for 2017/18
West Haldimand General Hospital will be receiving an additional $226,100 in investments to their $11,302,700 total opening base funding for 2017/18
Norfolk General Hospital will be receiving an additional $689,524 in investments to their $34,470,499 total opening base funding for 2017/18

This investment in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would:
  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and MRIs
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

QUOTES

“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
 
“Investing into public hospitals across Niagara will ensure that the residents of our region will have faster and better access to quality care inside the hospital while also improving service delivery for those who require more tailored support.”

- Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines
 
“Hospitals across the province, including here in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant region, have been working diligently to meet the needs of people in their communities. This timely investment will provide our local hospitals with the resources needed to address the growing demand for services as well as increase access, reduce wait times and improve quality of care for patients. Today’s announcement is an investment in the future of health care in our LHIN.”

-Janine van den Heuvel, Board Chair, HNHB LHIN

“We are grateful for this added investment in healthcare in Niagara and will make excellent use of it in our work to improve access to care and reduce wait times.”

- Suzanne Johnston, President, Niagara Health
 
“We commend the Ontario government’s additional investment in hospitals throughout the province, including Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. MPP Bradley has been a great supporter of Hotel Dieu Shaver from day one and has continued to advocate for our needs. I would like to thank MPP Bradley for his support. This base and one time funding for 2017/2018 recognizes the important work we do each and every day. As a facility we are incredibly grateful but more importantly we can ensure the residents of Niagara, our patients, are provided with the quality care and access to the medical and rehabilitation services they need most and that they deserve.”

- Jane Rufrano, Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre

“This announcement is good news for all of us. Norfolk General Hospital really appreciates and welcomes this new investment in hospitals. It will assist us in realizing our commitment to Patients First.”

-Kelly Isfan, President and Chief Executive Officer, West Haldimand General Hospital and Norfolk General Hospital

QUICK FACTS

Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.