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The OHA's response to the provincial budget

The Ontario Hospital Association:

[1] strongly approves the budget’s announcement of a committee to address hospital working capital deficits (a major hospital issue);

[2] expresses disappointment that base hospital funding was increased only 1.5% rather than 2%;

[3] notes the Budget reports a 4.9% increase in total hospital ‘expense’;

[4] states that many critical details about hospital funding (outside of the base funding increase) remain unknown; and

[5] notes that the Budget did not provide sufficient detail about community health care funding to know if that sector will be able to take pressure off the hospital sector. (I might note that, previously, the government had promised 4.9% in 2010-11 for CCACs, which fund home care, but later withdrew this promise.)

dallan@cupe.ca

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