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Monday, March 19, 2012
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Moving To Patient-Based Funding Will Improve Care

Ontario is making changes to the way it funds hospitals to ensure families get access to the right health care, at the right time and in the right place.

The new patient-based funding model will see hospitals funded based on how many patients they see, the services they deliver, the quality of those services and other specific community needs. Currently, hospitals get a lump sum based on their previous year's budget with no link to the type or quality of care they provide.

Working in partnership with hospitals, Ontario will phase in the new patient-based funding model over the next three years. The new model will also provide a better return for taxpayer dollars and result in:
  • Shorter wait times and better access to care in their communities
  • More services, where they are needed
  • Better quality care with less variation between hospitals
Allowing health care funding to follow the patient instead of the hospital is part of the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care and builds upon the significant progress that has been made in improving Ontario's health care system since 2003.

Quotes:

"Our current funding model for hospitals is out of date and doesn't reflect the needs of the communities they serve. As part of our Action Plan we are implementing a system that funds hospitals to increase services where needed, deliver quality care more efficiently and serve more patients."

- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

"The Ontario Hospital Association has been a long-time supporter of patient-based payment because it has tremendous potential to align hospital funding with positive patient outcomes."

- Mark Rochon, Interim CEO, Ontario Hospital Association

Quick Facts:
  • 91 hospitals are transitioning to the patient-based funding model.
  • 55 small hospitals will be excluded from the new model to recognize the unique role they play within their communities.
  • Other jurisdictions have been using this type of funding model and have shown benefits such as decreased wait times and a higher number of procedures. Sweden adopted a similar model in 1992, England in 2003 and British Columbia and Alberta in 2010.
Learn More:
Media Contacts:

David Jensen
Communications Branch
416-314-6197
media@moh.gov.on.ca

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline
1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)

Media Line
Toll-free: 1-888-414-4774
GTA: 416-314-6197
media@moh.gov.on.ca

Zita Astravas
Minister’s Office
416-327-9728
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