Two London hospitals are among 18 in the province set to receive a significant funding boost from the province this year.
At a news conference Friday morning at London Health Sciences Centre, London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews said 18 hospitals in regions covered by the South West and Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Networks would receive a total of $10,761,200 in additional funding from the Ontario government in a bid to cut wait times and improve access to health care.
“This new investment from the province ensures that all public hospitals in Ontario have received, at a minimum, a two per cent increase to their base funding this year,” said a media release issued by Matthew’s constituency office. The release added that additional funding had been given to hospitals to support growth in population and changes to health care needs.
About $2.7 million of the funding, the largest amount doled out in Friday’s announcement, will go to the London Health Sciences Centre, with St. Joseph’s Health Care receiving around $1.5 million. St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital will also receive $976,400 and $430,100 in funding, respectively.
“I’m thrilled our government is putting patients first by increasing investments in our hospitals,” said Matthews in a statement. “We know how important health care is to Ontario families and this increase in funds will help patients continue to get the care they need when they need it.”
The funding announcement comes as part of the province’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The province says it is investing an additional $140 million in public Ontario hospitals, building onto a more than $345 million increase in hospital funding as laid out in the province’s 2016 budget.
Funding amounts, according to the media release:
- London Health Sciences Centre: $2,770,400
- St. Joseph’s Health Care, London: $1,515,500
- St. Thomas – Elgin General Hospital: $976,400
- Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital: $430,100
- Wingham and District Hospital: $121,200
- Sydenham District Hospital: $107,300
- Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: $48,400
- Leamington District Memorial Hospital: $1,595,100
- Bluewater Health: $524,100
- Windsor Regional Hospital: $1,518,300
- Alexandra Marine & General Hospital: $165,700
- Clinton Public Hospital: $93,500
- Four Counties Health Services Corporation: $ 84,400
- Seaforth Community Hospital: $70,200
- South Bruce Grey Health Centre: $305,500
- South Huron Hospital: $71,300
- The Public General Hospital Society of Chatham: $181,900
- St. Joseph’s Health Services Association of Chatham Inc: $181,900