Ontario Providing Additional Funding for Hospital Care in Oxford
WOODSTOCK — The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care and address the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing investments in hospitals across the province for the third straight year. Today, MPP Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford, announced that the following hospitals in Oxford will receive additional operating funding beginning in 2021/22:
- Woodstock Hospital will receive an additional $2,589,400, which represents an increase of 3% to funding received in 2020/21
- Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll will receive an additional $303,800, which represents an increase of 2% to funding received in 2020/21
- Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital will receive an additional $471,500, which represents an increase of 2% to funding received in 2020/21
These investments build on the increased investments announced by Hardeman in 2019 and 2020.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our local hospitals have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and families in Oxford,” said Hardeman. “This new investment is just one way Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care both during the pandemic and in the future.”
“We thank Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman and the provincial government for their support of Ontario hospitals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Perry Lang, Woodstock Hospital President & CEO. “This increased funding ensures that we will continue providing high-quality patient care and services for Woodstock and Oxford Country residents close to home. With the downward trend of COVID-19 activity, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank our community for doing their part and following public health protocols such as getting vaccinated.”
“We are incredibly grateful that the Ministry of Health has provided this funding to our hospitals,” said Sandy Jansen, President and CEO of Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll and Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. “This investment is essential to stabilizing our hospitals for the duration of the pandemic and as we enter the recovery phase. We are committed to continuing to provide the safest and highest quality patient care to our communities close to home.”
Over the last three years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’s hospitals as part of its plan to end hallway health care. This includes overall sector increases of 2% in 2019-20, 3% in 2020-2021 and most recently, 3.4% in 2021-22.
The Ontario government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they can continue to provide the care Ontarians need and deserve, today and in the future. Additional support for Ontario’s hospitals as part of Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760 million to help hospitals continue to respond to COVID‑19 and an additional $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs.
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Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford