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5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

Investing in Hospitals

         Ontario is investing an additional $518 million in public hospitals this year to provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients. I was pleased to announce today that our government is investing an additional $15.7 million into Halton Healthcare this year. This funding will help provide more access to crucial services like cardiac care and  organ transplants and will improve access and reduce wait times for treatments like chemotherapy and hip replacements. 


Ontario’s Dementia Strategy

        As part of the 2017 provincial Budget, Ontario is improving access to high-quality care for people living with dementia and their care partners. Through the new dementia strategy, the province will ensure that everyone loving with dementia in Ontario, their families and their care partners have the right supports, funding and tools in place to make informed decisions about their care and that they continue to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future. 


Ontario Boosting Funding For Mental Health Services

        Ontario is boosting funding for mental health services and supports for people across the province.  This week the province highlighted $6 million in additional funding for three years to support mental health services and supports at Ontario’s colleges and universities. This is part of a broader investment in mental health services across the province announced in the 2017 budget.

Province Investing to Reduce Wait Times

        As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is improving access to high-quality health care services for people across the province by investing $1.3 billion over three years to reduce wait times, with more than $258 million of that for 2017/2018. This investment will allow patients to have tests done more quickly, see a specialist when needed or get  surgery faster. Patients will also see improved local access to        appropriate health care through the use of new inter-professional models of care, including new ways of assessing patients experiencing low back and hip/knee pain. 


OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program

        This week, Premier Wynne was at the University of Waterloo to discuss how Ontario’s new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program will benefit them and their families. Last week, Ontario announced that as part of the 2017 Budget, it is moving to make prescription medications free for all children and youth 24 years of age and younger, regardless of family income. Coverage will be automatic with no up front costs. 


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