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Ontario is investing an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to community-based palliative and end-of-life care. As a first step, Ontario is increasing investments in hospice services across the province by $13.9 million over three years.
Tthe $13.9 million will increase funding for existing hospice beds by $15,000 per adult bed and $22,400 per pediatric bed.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Roger’s House Pediatric Hospice in Ottawa on Friday, which is receiving $179,200 to support its palliative and end-of-life care services. In total, hospices in the Champlain region are receiving $2.8 million over three years as part of this investment.
The increased funding for existing hospice beds will help ensure that the high quality palliative and end-of-life care provided by hospices remains in the community for future generations. This investment will enhance compassionate end-of-life support that relieves suffering and improves the quality of living and dying.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, said: “Hospices provide Ontarians and their families with high quality and compassionate palliative and end-of-life-care. Supporting Ontario’s hospices so they can continue to provide excellent care is an important part of our government’s commitment to improve palliative and end-of-life care across the province.”
Improving palliative care is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come. It is also part of Ontario’s Patients First: Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which is the government’s plan to improve and expand home and community care over the next three years.
- This additional spending will be on top of the $80 million already invested in hospice and palliative care, bringing the total investment to $155 million from April 2016 to April 2019.
- Ontario is providing funding increases for 39 facilities that provide hospice care across the province and is committed to supporting up to 20 additional hospices.
- Ontario recently released the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Provincial Roundtable Report, which compiled feedback from province-wide consultations led by John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The report will help Ontario develop a comprehensive strategy on palliative and end-of-life care, which will focus on supporting families and caregivers, and ensuring access to co-ordinated quality care where patients want it.
- Ontario recently launched the Ontario Palliative Care Network, a partnership among Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks, Health Quality Ontario and other partners, including members from diverse care settings and caregivers, clinical representatives and associations. – CINEWS