On October 18, 2019, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced that Quinte Health Care will receive $5 million in new funding to help our hospitals address budget pressures.
MPP Smith said the Province has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, that involves working with hospital partners, like Quinte Health Care, to fix long-standing funding issues that disadvantaged small- and mid-sized hospitals, and multi-site hospitals like QHC.
“We’ve had productive discussions about this funding and the board and staff at QHC have done their part, finding efficiencies and maintaining a high standard of care in our communities,” said MPP Smith. “We are here today to say that we have listened. Our government is supporting hospitals like QHC by ensuring they have the resources they need to meet the growing needs of our communities.”
QHC President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Clare Egberts was pleased the Province recognized the budgetary pressures hospitals are facing and took action.
“We are pleased and grateful the Ministry has provided additional dollars to help QHC this year. QHC hospitals have not been funded equitably under the funding formula for a number of years as we were treated as one large hospital when, in fact, we operate two medium and two small hospitals,” said Mary Clare. “Today’s announcement is a significant gesture of support and we are thrilled the government has recognized the unique challenges faced by hospitals like QHC and is taking steps to remedy historical funding inequities.”
The $5-million funding increase for QHC is part of a $68-million investment Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced October 17 that will benefit 66 small-sized hospitals and 23 medium-sized and multi-site hospitals.
“The communities we serve deserve to be treated in an equitable fashion and our dedicated team of staff, physicians and volunteers deserve their fair-share of resources to continue to extend exceptional care,” said Mary Clare. “And it goes without saying, we know we must continue to do our part as an efficient organization committed to continual improvement. That’s not an easy commitment for an already lean organization. It’s why ‘Always strive to improve’ is one of our key values.”