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Kitchener-Waterloo Hospitals Receive Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Kitchener-Waterloo to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services

Ontario will invest an additional $3,851,827 in St. Mary’s General Hospital, and an additional $5,541,318 in Grand River Hospital, that will provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in Kitchener-Waterloo is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and will:

• Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals

• Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)

• Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals

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.



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