Improving Access to Care
Hospitals and other health care providers in Ontario continue to work together to develop innovative, collaborative solutions leading to more timely access to high-quality services for the residents of Ontario and our local communities. Therefore, the health care needs of people in our community are being identified, co-ordinated and addressed as a truly integrated system. What that means for patients is the local health care system is improving access to quality care and patients are also receiving the right care, in the right place by the right provider.
How health care is provided continues to change and evolve with advancements in technology, medications and practice. By using the best-practices, which simply means using those techniques or practices that have been proven to be the best for patients, and focusing on how we deliver care, the result is improved outcomes for patients.
Tracking and Reporting Requirements
In Ontario, hospitals are now required to measure their efforts and provide this data to the public. Since 2005, Ontario has achieved significant wait time reductions in the following areas:
- Cataract surgery: 57 per cent improvement down to 177 days
- Hip replacement: 48 per cent improvement down to 170 days
- Knee replacement: 49 per cent improvement down to 218 days
- CT scans: 62 per cent improvement down to 50 days
- MRI scans: 28 per cent improvement down to 34 days
For information on wait times locally, visit the Central East LHIN website: http://www.centraleastlhin.on.ca/Page.aspx?id=90
Ontario continues to deal with severe financial pressures. The projected deficit of $14.4 billion requires publicly funded organizations to explore new ways to deliver services, including health care. Approximately $48 billion is spent on health care, which represents 42 cents of each taxpayer dollar.
Ensuring we are using Ontario taxpayer dollars as wisely as possible to support access to care requires changes to health funding. While there are increased financial resources being directed to community and home care services, it does change how hospitals are now funded. Learn more about Ontario’s Health System Funding Reform (HSFR) here: http://health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ecfa/funding/hs_funding.aspx
Hospital funding increases have fallen from 2.50% in 2008/09 to 1.37% in 2011/12 and are now < 0% in 2012/13 and will continue to be reduced further in 2013/14 and 2014/15.The transition of funding resources from hospitals to community and home care will happen over a period of time.
Almost 75% of financial pressures in hospitals are unavoidable. This is related to compensation for staff as agreed upon through the collective agreement process and increased utilities costs.
Our hospitals believe we must find new solutions to sustain our health care system. We will not waver from our responsibilities to provide quality patient care and to be accountable to our stakeholders.