Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

August 05, 2016 14:30 ET

Media Advisory: How does Ontario's $4.8 billion hospital underfunding affect your community? Report released Tuesday in Espanola

ESPANOLA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2016) - Hospital funding in Ontario is much lower than hospital funding in the rest of Canada - $4.8 billion lower. The result is much less care for hospital patients. A report to be released in Espanola on Tuesday (August 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion, 370 Annette Street) will indicate how many hospital workers and nurses are missing for the care of the people of Espanola.

Using data available from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Fewer Hands, Less Hospital Care compares funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces. The data also shows that Ontario has fallen a long way behind other provinces since the Liberals were elected provincially in 2003 - and especially since the beginning of their austerity program in 2010.

According to CIHI, Ontario government per capita funding for hospitals is $1,395.73. The rest of Canada, excluding Ontario, spends $1,749.69 per capita on hospitals. In other words, provincial and territorial governments outside of Ontario spend $353.96 more per person on hospitals than Ontario does. That is a whopping 25.3 per cent more than Ontario. Ten years ago, in 2005-2006, the hospital funding gap between Ontario and the rest of Canada was just 4.3 per cent. As a result, Ontario now provides far less nursing care for patients as the gap in funding between the rest of Canada and Ontario has steadily gone up.

"What's so disturbing is that the provincial Liberals are proud of cutting hospital patient care. People are sent home from hospital while still acutely ill. They are denied admittance because beds are overbooked and hospital care is effectively rationed. Ambulances are stacked outside emergency rooms, unable to discharge patients," says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Hurley will, along with local hospital staff, release the report on Tuesday.

"These are real people in Espanola paying the price for Ontario's lower hospital funding - they are not percentages and numbers on a page. It's time for the provincial government to increase funding for hospitals in line with their real inflationary costs," says Hurley.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU)
    Michael Hurley

    CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon