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The Ontario Health Insurance Program vote includes key elements of Ontario's health care system: client eligibility and health card policies, physicians' payments for services that are insured under the Health Insurance Act, other practitioners' payments, out-of-province/out-of-country services, independent health facilities, midwifery services, cancer screening, drugs, community laboratories, assistive devices including home oxygen, payment integrity, and protection from health-related fraudulent activity.

Ontario health services are available from health professionals in various settings from family doctors' offices to academic health science centres, to hospitals, to Telehealth Ontario and Telephone Health Advisory Service where triage advice and health information is provided by a registered nurse. Government-funded services are available to Ontarians who have registered, and who are eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance. The Underserviced Area Program and the Northern Health Travel Grant Program offer a number of integrated supports that provide rural and northern communities with access to needed health care services. The focus for Disease Prevention is on improving health and health care for Ontarians living with or at high risk of developing diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension. The Ontario Diabetes Strategy leverages new and existing investments to improve access to, and quality of, diabetes services and care and to enhance prevention and improve disease management. Early detection and intervention for better health outcomes is the driving force behind other preventative care initiatives such as Integrated Cancer Screening to promote breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. Health Quality Ontario is the new provincial infrastructure to accelerate evidence-based, high quality health care to contribute to a sustainable health system.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2011-12

Estimates
2010-11

Difference
Between
2011-12
and
2010-11

Actual
2009-10

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Ontario Health Insurance 13,031,128,600 12,379,172,100 651,956,500 11,684,065,963
2 Drug Programs 3,622,512,900 3,457,512,900 165,000,000 3,663,267,298
4 Assistive Devices Program 384,236,800 443,496,800 (59,260,000) 350,050,930
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 17,037,878,300 16,280,181,800 757,696,500 15,697,384,191
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act - - - 89,000
  Total Statutory Appropriations - - - 89,000
  Total Operating Expense 17,037,878,300 16,280,181,800 757,696,500 15,697,473,191
  OPERATING ASSETS        
5 Ontario Health Insurance Program 1,800,000 1,550,000 250,000 2,339,103
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 1,800,000 1,550,000 250,000 2,339,103
  Total Operating Assets 1,800,000 1,550,000 250,000 2,339,103



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
1405-1 Ontario Health Insurance      
  Salaries and wages     53,148,200
  Employee benefits     7,384,500
  Transportation and communication     12,735,200
  Services     29,059,600
  Supplies and equipment     3,446,200
  Transfer payments      
     Payments made for services and for care provided by physicians and practitioners   12,530,199,700  
     Independent Health Facilities   50,551,200  
     Underserviced Area Plan   19,276,900  
     Northern Travel Program   40,481,600  
     Teletriage Services   24,702,400  
     Quality Management Program - Laboratory Services   4,598,900  
     Midwifery Services   89,633,900  
     Colorectal Cancer Screening   90,226,200  
     Disease Prevention Strategy   39,161,600  
     Health Quality Ontario   36,522,500 12,925,354,900
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     13,031,128,600
1405-2 Drug Programs      
  Salaries and wages     7,541,600
  Employee benefits     1,317,400
  Transportation and communication     5,686,300
  Services     23,048,600
  Supplies and equipment     1,695,500
  Transfer payments      
     Ontario Drug Programs     3,583,223,500
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     3,622,512,900
1405-4 Assistive Devices Program      
  Salaries and wages     2,378,600
  Employee benefits     437,600
  Transportation and communication     154,700
  Services     206,200
  Supplies and equipment     97,300
  Transfer payments      
     Assistive Devices Program   301,470,900  
     Home Oxygen Program   79,491,500 380,962,400
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     384,236,800
  Total Operating Expense for Ontario Health Insurance Program     17,037,878,300
  OPERATING ASSETS      
1405-5 Ontario Health Insurance Program      
  Advances and recoverable amounts      
     Payments made for services and for care provided by physicians and practitioners   500,000  
     Underserviced Area Plan   300,000  
     Midwifery Services   1,000,000 1,800,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     1,800,000
  Total Operating Assets for Ontario Health Insurance Program     1,800,000