TORONTO, ONTARIO ~~~~~ September 25, 2020 (LSN) The Ontario government is investing $741 million to help clear the backlog of surgeries and build more capacity in the health care system to effectively manage surges and outbreaks in COVID-19 cases. This is part of the province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. The plan will help the province quickly identify, prevent and respond to any scenario in order to protect communities. Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay,
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
"The last thing patients and families should have to worry about right now is the cancellation of their surgery or procedure due to the second wave of COVID-19," said Premier Ford. "We are moving mountains to make sure all patients get the top-notch care they deserve, while clearing the backlog of surgeries. At the same time, we are preparing for any future surge or outbreak in order to keep everyone safe and healthy."
"Expanding access to care to help reduce health service backlogs is part of our plan to ensure that we are ready for future waves of COVID-19," said Minister Elliott. "This investment is essential to help more patients waiting for surgeries and other procedures get the care they need faster and help reduce the burden on our system.To ensure that the health system is prepared to respond to any surges of COVID-19 without interrupting routine health services, we are also increasing capacity inhome and community care and expanding digital and virtual health care services."
Accelerate Efforts to Reduce Health Service Backlogs
To support the health care system as it works to reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has already taken the following actions:
Ontario is making the necessary investments to expand access to services and surgical and pr ocedural backlogs by:
Prepare for Surges in COVID-19 Cases
Ontario is also preparing to respond to any potential surges of COVID-19 without interrupting the delivery of routine health care services. For this reason, the government is investing $457.5 million to increase community capacity, including home and community care, to help reduce pressure on the health care system and expand the delivery of care.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has already taken necessary action to provide easier and faster access to care:
Ontario will continue to protect the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians and ensure they can access the routine health services they need by:
The province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, is based on six pillars, which will:
Implement the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history.
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