Ontario Government Providing Additional Funding for Hospital Care in ScarboroughPublished on July 06, 2021
MPP Cho (second right), along with Scarborough MPPs and Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO of SHN, made the announcement at the hospital's General Campus.
Ontario Government Providing Additional Funding for Hospital Care in Scarborough
New Investments Will Help Ensure Patients and Families Have Access to High-Quality Health Care
NEWS July 6, 2021
Scarborough — The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care and address the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the third straight year, the government has prioritized increased investments in hospitals across the province.
Joined by his Caucus colleagues in Scarborough, Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North, announced that the Scarborough Health Network will receive an additional $12,095,700 in operating funding, beginning in 2021/2022.
This investment builds on the increased investments announced by our government in 2019 and 2020.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our local hospital has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and families in Scarborough. This new investment is just one of many ways Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care both during the pandemic and in the future.
“The Scarborough Health Network is a cornerstone of our community,” stated Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s investment is helping to end hallway healthcare, strengthening Scarborough as it continues to grow.”
Over the last three years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’s hospitals as part of its plan to end hallway health care.
The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes anincrease of
$778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase to help them keep pace withpatient needs and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.
“The announcement today of additional operating funds for Scarborough Health Network will help us come out of COVID-19 stronger and more resilient than before. The pandemic has been especially hard on SHN and we are fortunate enough to have such strong advocates representing us in Queen’s Park who tirelessly promote the needs of our health network and theresidents we serve,”
Elizabeth Buller, President and CEO, Scarborough Health Network states.
“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 continue responding to the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By increasinginvestments 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.”
The Ontario government continues to make extensive investments in our health care system to provide Ontarians with the care they need and deserve. Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760million in additional support to help hospitals combat
COVID‑19, and an additional $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs.
“Once again the SHN and residents of Scarborough are receiving the attention and the care they deserve. The health of Scarborough-Agincourt residents and Birchmount hospital are my priority. I am optimistic that the revamped and expanded first-class emergency department at Birchmount Hospital will be the centre of our attention to enhance health care in northScarborough.”
– Aris Babikian, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt
“Supporting our hospitals now is more important than it has ever been. In the wake of COVID-19, a number of issues that were flying under the radar came to light. While some believe tis is a bad thing, I think it is great that we are finally addressing longstanding issues while being proactive in the prevention of further systematic issues in healthcare.”
– Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre
“Our government is prioritizing the health and well-being of the residents of Scarborough. For far too long Scarborough hospitals did not receive adequate tools to serve its over 600,000 residents. This $12 million investment to Scarborough Health Network will help operating costs to meet current and future demands for services and help ensure patients and Scarborough families have access to high-quality health care.”
– Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park
▪ Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect oureconomy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan supports now total $51 billion.
▪ The government is investing more than $21 billion in capital grants over the next 10 years for hospital projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in hospital infrastructure.
▪ Improving Health Care in Ontario
▪ Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain
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Office of MPP Raymond Cho