Rae Announces Local Hospital Funding

[Perth-Wellington]— Today, Matthew Rae, MPP for Perth-Wellington announced $2,308,501 in funding for the Stratford General Hospital. This funding is provided through the Hospital On-Call Coverage (HOCC) program and will support more on-call funding for doctors working after hours.

“This is great news for our rural healthcare system,” Rae said. “This funding will allow our hospitals to continue providing quality care 24/7.”

The funding follows through on previous agreements between the Ontario Medical Association and Ontario Ministry of Health to increase dedicated funding for physicians on-call. This funding will support on-call coverage at nearly 100 acute-care hospitals in Ontario.

Groves Memorial Community Hospital and Guelph General Hospital will also receive $1,207,642 and $2,641,573 respectively.

This funding will support after-hours care and allow for more stable after-hours coverage. The investment recognizes the efforts of health care workers, especially those who provide on-call services in addition to their regular working hours whenever hospitals need it.

“Our government is ensuring hospitals have the funds needed so that their doctors can deliver high-quality care at any time of the day or night” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “For patients visiting hospitals across Ontario, this funding means they’ll receive the care they need when it is needed.” 

For health care to help, it needs to happen in a timely manner. With Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care, the Ontario government is making it easier for people and families to get the care they need faster, when and where they need it.

This is part of a $259 million investment to support on-call coverage in acute-care hospitals across Ontario.