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Province increasing funding for QHC hospitals by over $5.8 million

MPP Todd Smith at Friday’s announcement to increase funding for QHC hospitals

Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith announced today that Ontario will provide a 3.6 per-cent increase in operational funding for Quinte Health Care hospitals in 2021-2022 with an additional $5,898,700 in new investment above estimated base and one-time funding in 2020-2021.

Funding is for priority services related to increasing volumes related to cancer, renal, cardiac, neuro-services, and stroke, as well as hip and knee surgeries and MRI scans.

“By providing annualized funding increases, our government is delivering Quinte Health Care the stability it requires to ensure high levels of service in each of its four hospitals to meet the health-care needs of our growing communities,” said Smith. “These investments not only address our commitment to end hallway health care, but they also support one of the biggest economic drivers in our region.”

Stacey Daub, Quinte Health Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer, was pleased with the news.

“We are grateful for the investment in our community hospitals, and for the ongoing advocacy of our local MPPs Todd Smith and Daryl Kramp, who have been great champions for investing in, and strengthening, local health care,” said Daub. “This investment recognizes the unique role rural and medium-sized hospitals play in our communities and their importance to the health and wellness of the people we serve.”

Smith indicated the funding announcement does not include allocations from the $1.2-billion commitment the province made in March to help hospitals recover from COVID-19, including $696.6 million to cover historic working fund deficits and $572.3 million to address financial challenges driven by COVID-19, including direct costs and loss of revenue streams. Those allocations are to be released later this year.

According to Ontario Health data, Quinte Health Care’s base funding has increased annually over the past six years from $139,915,221 to $167,832,552.

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