Ontario is investing an additional $1.99 million in Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
This is part of the province’s commitment to invest an additional $822 million investment in Ontario hospitals in 2018–19 — an increase of 4.6 per cent.
Kathryn McGarry was at Cambridge Memorial to explain how this major increase in hospital funding will provide better access to care, reduce wait times, address capacity issues and better meet the needs of the changing population in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
This overall increase of 4.6 per cent across the province is on top of the 3.2 per cent provided last year — allowing hospitals to invest with more precision in the care and supports that address the specific needs of their patients and community.
Last year, Ontario increased funding to Cambridge Memorial Hospital by $1.8 million.
Patients and families across Ontario will also directly benefit from this increased funding with the expansion of essential services to reduce wait times and priority procedures such as cardiac care, critical care, chemotherapy, treatment for strokes, hip and knee replacements, and medical imaging.
Increasing funding to hospitals and access to high-quality health care across the province is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Staff and volunteers at Cambridge Memorial Hospital work hard every day to provide superior patient care. Increased funding is the government’s commitment to giving them the resources they need to continue their stellar work in Cambridge and North Dumfries.”
— Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
“We are committed to making sure hospitals have the resources and supports they need to meet the needs of growing and aging communities. With this historic investment, publicly funded hospitals can increase capacity, decrease wait times and improve access to care for families across Ontario.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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