1.12.10 - “[L]isten to front-line medical professionals, including nurses and doctors, to ensure that long-term stable funding is available to do the capacity planning that our health care system deserves”
The Ontario Hospital Association welcomed the investments in hospital made in the 2020 budget. As capacity planning is ongoing, this promise remains in progress.
“The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) welcomes the government’s support for hospitals and the wider health care system in the 2020 Ontario Budget. […]The hospital sector is facing a potential forecast deficit of at least $2 billion in 20/21, primarily a result of their role in fighting the pandemic. Yesterday’s Budget directly acknowledges the significant financial pressure facing hospitals and reaffirms the government’s commitment to supporting them and stabilizing their financial position through the remainder of this fiscal year. As the fight against COVID-19 continues, the OHA appreciates the inclusion of dedicated health contingencies which will provide much-needed flexibility in the year ahead as the province responds to an evolving pandemic. These measures are vital in order to preserve access to all hospital services and maintain workforce stability.”
A 2019 report by the Ontario Hospital Association suggests that the fiscal concerns of front-line workers are being ignored. While the Ontario government annualized health care funding (see more here), the Ontario Hospital Association has argued that the current fiscal situation cannot be sustained, and there is no evidence that the Ontario government has increased its engagement with front-line medical staff.
“[A report from the Ontario Hospital Association] states that if the PC government doesn’t first address the severe budget and capacity pressures currently facing Ontario hospitals, it may actually worsen the hallway healthcare problem it has promised to eliminate.”