Toronto ON M7A 1Y7
Toronto ON M7A 1Y7
For Immediate Release
May 2, 2000
TORONTO - Finance Minister Ernie Eves announced today in the 2000 Ontario Budget that the Province will spend $22 billion on health care this year and challenged the federal government to "not only restore their cuts, but that they become full partners in a new, innovative, restructured health care system".
"We are increasing our health care spending dramatically. We encourage the federal government to join with us in reforming the system in Ontario and across the country and to finally become an equal partner in the future of health care," Eves said.
Since 1995, Ontario has increased health care operating spending by $4.4 billion at the same time the federal government reduced its funding to the program that supports health care by $1.7 billion.
Also in the 2000 Ontario Budget, the Province said it will invest $150 million beginning next year to provide for new information systems to support the transition to primary care networks and will further dedicate $100 million over the next four years to expand Ontario's primary care system.
"Primary care reform is pivotal to our vision of the future of health care - an accessible, integrated, dependable system, providing comprehensive care to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Eves said.
Ontario's vision is to have 80 per cent of eligible family doctors practising in primary care networks over the next four years.
Patient care will be enhanced through $110 million for improved medical supervision in home care settings and improved psychiatric services.
The Province will also invest $54 million annually to reduce waiting times for priority programs such as cancer care, end stage renal disease and cardiac care.
"Sustaining the quality of care that Ontarians deserve requires restructuring and reforming our health care system to keep up with new technology and meet the challenges for a growing and aging population. That takes investment in the right areas," Eves added.
Additional investments in health care include: