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New Investments Ensure Patients and Families Have Access to High-Quality Health Care
BROCKVILLE — The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care by strengthening the financial stability of public hospitals across the province by providing up to $696.6 million this year to help cover historic working funds deficits of qualifying hospitals, with a focus on small, medium as well as specialty and rehabilitation hospitals.
Today, Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds, Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced that Brockville General Hospital will receive $25,584,400 from the Ontario government to address their longstanding working funds deficit. “BGH continues to provide exceptional care to patients and families in our community and this massive one-time investment ensures that BGH is placed in a stronger financial position, able to grow and thrive to meet the needs of our community,” said Steve Clark. “Strengthening our community hospital has always been of paramount importance and I am very pleased to again be announcing a very significant infusion of funds to support high-quality and timely access to health care both during the pandemic and in the future.”
This funding builds on the increased investments previously announced by Minister Clark for BGH and is a part of the over $1.2 billion investment previously announced to help Ontario hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring they can continue providing the high-quality care Ontarians need and deserve. This funding will also help to ensure that Ontario’s hospitals are able to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
Many Ontario hospitals are struggling with annual funding deficits which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. To ensure Ontario’s hospitals remain on stable financial footing at a critical time, the government is allocating this funding to help cover historic working funds deficits for qualifying public hospitals
“Ontario’s hospitals have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and our government is using every tool at our disposal to support them,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This funding will ensure Ontario’s hospitals can continue to provide high-quality care to all Ontarians and that our hospital system is ready to respond to any scenario this fall.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, Ontario has been working with its hospital partners to create unprecedented capacity and prepare to respond to any scenario. The government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they can continue to care for Ontarians today and in the future.
“For years, Ontario’s medium sized hospitals have faced inequities in government funding. Prior to 2017, in order to sustain services for the community, Brockville General Hospital’s past administrations had to make the difficult decisions to operate through financial loans, resulting in excessive debt. Following today’s announcement of $25.6 million, BGH’s operating finances are in good stead. Combined with our strong leadership team, BGH is well poised to deliver excellent patient care for years to come. Thank you to the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Health and MPP Clark for investing in our community’s health,” said Michael Adamcryck, Chair, Board of Directors, Brockville General Hospital.
“Thank you to our staff, physicians and volunteers who have carried the weight of this debt,” said Nick Vlacholias, BGH President and CEO. “This excessive debt resulted in approximately $600,000 annually of interest expense – has meant less dollars to invest in our people and services. Today’s funding announcement of $25.6 million will be used to pay off our debts. More importantly, it enables us to be ambitious in how we invest in local healthcare. To ensure the best for our patients and healthcare workers, BGH is committed to strengthening our role as a local and regional health partner. Thank you to Premier Ford, Minister Elliott and Minister Clark for their long-standing support of BGH and our community.”
- A working funds deficit occurs when an organization’s current liabilities exceed their current assets. All hospitals that had a working funds deficit in 2019-20 qualified for this funding.
- As part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery plan to provide patients with the care they need, the Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends.
- Under the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $1.8 billion in the hospital sector in 2021-2022, bringing the total additional investment in hospitals since the start of the pandemic to over $5.1 billion. This includes creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity and reduce occupancy pressures caused by COVID-19.
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- Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine web page to view the latest provincial data and information on COVID-19 vaccines.
- Visit Ontario’s COVID-19 information website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from the virus.