Quality and Accessibility of Health Care at Risk in Ontario

The Office of Financial Accountability (FRO) concluded in its latest report that “unless we find significant efficiencies, Ontario risks having to increase funding to prevent the quality and accessibility of health care deteriorate in the coming years.”

Office Director David Wake says the additional $6.9 billion over three years for the health sector announced in Budget 2017 will not be enough to offset the projected increase in spending.

He does not believe that these investments will, as the government says in its 2017 budget, “reduce wait times, increase access to care and improve the patient experience.”

The new money, which means a budget increase of 3.7% per year on average, will not be enough to only meet the planned spending increase of 4.3% annually, due to the aging and growth of the economy. population and inflation among others.

As explained in the table below, the Office of Financial Accountability explains that the majority of the new money announced in 2017 will be used to ease the pressure on existing programs and then fund the new drug plan. children and young adults.

he OFR also reviewed emergency wait time data.

Patients have been waiting longer since 2015, when improvements have been noted in previous years: “Recent indicators suggest that hospitals are becoming overburdened. ”

It is unclear to what extent the province can continue to rely on temporary measures (such as wage restraints) to keep growth in health spending below that of major cost drivers.

Office of Financial Accountability

In a statement, Health Minister Helena Jaczek acknowledges that her government has some work to do.

That’s why we make the conscious choice to have a deficit, to invest more in the health care system – hospitals, mental health, long-term care – across the province.

Helena Jaczek. Ontario Minister of Health

In figures, health expenditures in Ontario (in billion dollars):

  • The budget was $ 57.9  billion for 2017-2018
  • 42  % of the provincial budget is allocated to health
  • OHIP program (including physician salaries) reaches $ 34.8  billion
  • $ 20.5  billion is reserved for hospitals
  • From 2005 to 2011, spending on health increased on average by 5.9  % per year.
  • From 2011 to 2015, the annual increases were 2.4  %.

Source: BRF report

Sue Towsley

Sue Towsley (RN)is the Deputy Editor at Med News Ledger where she covers mental health and emotional wellness. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Ryerson in Toronto. She currently lives in Lethbridge Alberta. Prior to becoming a journalist, Lindsay worked as a health professional in Woodstock Ontario. There are several ways to contact sue here.

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