Small and medium-sized hospitals need increased, stable funding: MillerPublished on February 26, 2018
QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon in the Legislature Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, made the following statement in support of increased and stable funding for small and medium-sized hospitals including Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare:
Mr. Norm Miller: I rise today to highlight the challenges facing Ontario’s small- and medium-sized hospitals, including those in my riding. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, which runs the hospitals in Huntsville and Bracebridge has long faced funding challenges. The residents of these communities are passionate defenders of their hospitals, and I support them in their call to maintain the two full-service hospitals.
MAHC hospitals serve a huge area that runs from Burks Falls and Magnetawan south to Severn Bridge and east to Algonquin Park. This area has a permanent population of 58,000, but in the summer that number more than doubles to 140,000. In 2016-17, MAHC dealt with 44,236 emergencies visits, admitted 4,891 patients, performed 8,546 surgeries and scopes and delivered 282 babies. My thanks to the 625 staff, 85 physicians and 320 volunteers who make sure residents of east Parry Sound-Muskoka get these services.
But they need more funding to continue to provide topnotch medical services, and they need to know that funding is stable.
Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith appeared at the pre-budget consultation in Sudbury to advocate for more and stable funding for small- and medium-sized hospitals.
The people of Parry Sound-Muskoka and other rural parts of Ontario deserve equal access to health care services.