There's big healthcare news from Doug Ford's government this morning. The Ontario Government announced $27 billion investment to end "hallway healthcare," a reference to the growing problem of long hospital wait times. The announcement was made by health minister Christine Elliot this morning.
The multi-billion dollar investment will be injected into the healthcare system over the next decade and will focus on the growth of essential hospital infrastructure projects across Ontario. The investment will reportedly also help improve frontline care by creating more than 3,000 new hospital beds.
"With these long-overdue infrastructure investments, we will ease the crippling pressures plaguing Ontario's hospitals and empower nurses and doctors to provide better, faster care," detailed Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in a statement published on Ontario.ca. "These investments make crystal clear our government's commitment to protect what matters most to Ontarians, including our public health care system."
Ford's government has also invested $4 million into Toronto's St. Joesph Health Centre, specifically it's mental health emergency service unit, which is scheduled to start helping patients on April 24th, 2019.
"The new mental health emergency services unit is a perfect example of the types of health infrastructure projects that will help build capacity, provide specialized supports and help end hallway health care in Ontario," Elliott said about the donation to the mental health centre. "Every part of our plan to end hallway health care and build a modern, sustainable and integrated health care system starts and ends with the patient."
In summary, the Ontario government is plugging billions into the provinces health care system to help fund mental health and addiction services, reduce wait times in hospitals, maintain hospitals as well as to aide the progress of new infrastructure projects. The government is also helping fund home care services and community care, to help Ontario seniors live at home longer.