Ontario Providing More Funding for Hospital Care in Haliburton County
Today, Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, announced that Haliburton Highlands Health Services will receive an additional $200,000 in operating funds starting in 2022/23, which represents an increase of two per cent to funding received last fiscal.
This is part of the Ontario government’s $827 million additional investment to hospitals across the province, representing a four per cent increase from last year. This will ensure all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum two per cent increase to their operating budgets to help them better meet patient needs, while building a stronger, more resilient health care system.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Haliburton Highlands Health Services has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and families in Haliburton County,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “This additional operating funding will help support high-quality and timely access to local health care services.”
“This is a welcome increase; HHHS appreciates the support of the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Health, and Ontario Health East in helping to address some of the increasing operating pressures we are facing,” said Carolyn Plummer, President and CEO of Haliburton Highlands Health Services.
Over the last four years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’s hospitals as part of its plan to build a stronger, more resilient health care system that is better able to respond to crisis. This includes overall sector increases four years in a row, representing a total provincial investment of $2.5 billion since 2019.
“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed to recover from the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By increasing investments in hospitals provincewide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-quality care they need, when and where they need it.”
- To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario’s investments over the next 10 years will lead to $40 billion in health infrastructure across the province. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities, and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.