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"New" $345 Million Investment In Hospitals

2016 Budget Includes New Investments in "High-Quality" Health Care

Queens Park - As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is proposing a new investment of more than $345 million to all publicly funded hospitals, including a one per cent increase to base funding, to provide better patient access to high-quality health care services.

In 2016-2017, hospitals would receive:

• $175 million to provide patients with access to more services in new and redeveloped hospitals and for targeted priority services such as organ and tissue transplants

• $160 million to improve access and wait times for hospital services, including additional procedures such as cataract surgeries, knee and hip replacements and knee arthroscopies

• $7.5 million for small, northern and rural hospitals, which is in addition to Ontario’s $20 million Small and Rural Hospital Transformation Fund

• $6 million for mental health hospitals.

Investing in hospitals is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

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