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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:27

Ross hospital bump just shy of a mill

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            The Ontario government has increased its support to Ross Memorial Hospital by $938,200 this year. The increase is intended to reduce wait times, improve access to care and reduce the length of hospital stays for patients and families in City of Kawartha Lakes.

            The increase was announced in the recent 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, part of a new investment of

$140 million to ensure that all the 147 public hospitals in the province have received at least a two-percent increase to their base funding this year.

            It comes in addition to an original increase of more than $345 million for Ontario’s hospitals that was part of the 2016 Budget—including to support population growth and changing health care needs in some communities.

            In total, this year’s $51.8 billion health care budget represents a 2.1 per cent increase over last year.

            A recent report from the Fraser Institute says Ontario now has the shortest median wait times to see a specialist in the country.

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