Additional Funds Represent 1.9% Increase in Annualized Funding for 2020/21
DRYDEN, ONTARIO ~~~ June 16, 2020 (LSN) Ontario is delivering on a key promise to continue investing in hospitals in Dryden and across Kenora–Rainy River and recognizes the long-standing funding inequities for small- and medium-sized hospitals. As part of this year’s funding, Dryden Regional Health is receiving an additional $381,300 in funding for 2020/21, a 1.9% increase, to meet current and future demands for regular services.
“By investing in small-and-medium-sized hospitals, our government is affirming its commitment to build a sustainable and connected health care system across the province,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora– Rainy River. “This goal is particularly important in rural and northern communities like ours, and the people of Dryden will benefit in the years to come through this investment in our hospital.”
“The financial impact of COVID-19 is yet to be fully realized and our hospitals are likely to be stressed and stretched financially in the days and perhaps years to come,” said Doreen Armstrong-Ross, President & CEO of Dryden Regional Health Centre. “We are extremely pleased by the Ministry’s understanding of the current pressures on small, rural, and northern hospitals and their ongoing support of the Dryden Regional Health Centre.”
On March 25, our government released Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, which included $935 million more in new investments for Ontario hospitals this year. As part of that funding, $594 million will support hospitals to meet current and future demands for regular services. This represents approximately a 3% overall increase in funding to the hospital sector.
“Our government is working with our hospital partners to fix the long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small- and medium-sized hospitals,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “That’s why we’ve annualized last year’s historic investment of $68 million for small- and medium-sized hospital to address these inequities, provide continued financial relief to hospitals in northern Ontario, and ensure patients can access the care they need no matter where they live.”