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Monday, May 29, 2017

Building a Stronger, Healthier Ontario

2017 Budget Highlights Major Health Care Investments

Ontario is continuing to put patients first by making significant investments in the 2017 Budget to support vital health care services that families depend on.

Today, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, spoke in Toronto to The Empire Club of Canada to highlight the province's commitment to delivering high quality health care services for patients and their families across Ontario.

The budget includes important health care investments, such as:

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.

Quick Facts:

  • As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $7 billion in health care over the next three years.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • 94 per cent of people in Ontario now have a primary health care provider.
  • A Fraser Institute study showed that the median wait time — from family doctor to specialist to treatment — was 15.6 weeks in Ontario in 2016, the lowest of any province.
  • The province is set to balance the budget this year and maintain a balanced budget for the next two years. A balanced budget means more funding for the programs and services people rely on most.

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"Our government remains committed to transforming our health care system to ensure patients and their families receive high quality services. The 2017 Budget delivers on that commitment with significant new investments, including a new program that will give four million children and youth a better start in life by providing free prescription drugs to everyone age 24 and under"

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Media Contacts:

David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division-MOHLTC

Laura Gallant
Minister’s Office

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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