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  • Writer's pictureBarbara Patrocinio

Health care budget increase for 2024-25 is below the cost of inflation at 1.3

Ontario pledges almost $50 billion over 10 years for health care in 2024 budget. The province is also committing to build 58,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario by 2028, an average of 14,500 beds per year.

Published Mar 26, 2024 at 4:06pm

Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy joins Premier Doug Ford at a press conference in Mississauga, Ont., Tuesday, February 13, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

The health care sector is slated to receive almost $50 billion over the next 10 years, according to numbers in Ontario’s 2024 budget.

This includes $36 billion in hospital capital grants, which should add approximately 3,000 new beds over 10 years.

The health care budget increase for 2024-25 is below the cost of inflation at 1.3.

The budget outlines infrastructure investments to the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority Redevelopment Project, which involves the construction of a new hospital and Elder Care Lodge in Moosonee. A new ambulatory care centre on Moose Factory Island is also on the plans, but federal investment for this project is “contingent,” the budget says.

Other major infrastructure investments — some of which were already announced — include a new tower at the Unity Health Centre - St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the redevelopment of the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus, support for a new Windsor-Essex regional hospital, support for the redevelopment of the emergency department and fracture clinic at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, a new chronic kidney disease facility located in Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre for the Scarborough Health Network, and renovation of an existing space at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.


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