Ontario Budget 2016

CAHO Input to Ontario Budget 2016: Recommendations to Minister of Finance

TORONTO, January 15, 2016 – The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) presented its pre-budget submission to the Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa.

“Research hospitals are assets for Ontario, contributing to a diversified, knowledge-based economy,” said Karen Michell, Executive Director of CAHO. “To be competitive, we need to increase our capacity for innovation and optimize the health research assets we already have. This starts with stable, ongoing investment and a shared vision for health research in Ontario.”

CAHO’s detailed written submission offers four recommendations for Budget 2016 that sustain the health research enterprise, foster innovation and enhance prosperity for the province:

  1. Continue to drive discovery by maintaining the Ontario Research Fund, Ontario’s flagship R&D investment program. CAHO thanks the government for its ongoing support through this program.
  2. Approach health research purposefully by mandating the creation of a Health Research Strategy for Ontario. This will help optimize our assets by fostering collaboration, improving leveraging of dollars, attracting investment and providing a common vision to achieve greater health research results.
  3. Translate health research discoveries into practice by investing in the implementation of research evidence to transform care across the province. The Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program, jointly run by CAHO and Health Quality Ontario, is a proven pathway for accelerating evidence implementation across health care, and can serve as a model for other sectors.
  4. Fund hospitals to deliver fully on their mandates

Read CAHO’s 2016 pre-budget submission: click here.

Leadership means making decisions today that will build a better tomorrow. CAHO research hospitals create capacity, invent the future of healthcare and generate a healthier, wealthier, and smarter Ontario. Read about the impact of investment in health research: click here.

 

About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 24 research hospitals that play a unique and vital role in the province’s health care system. Collectively, we provide advanced patient care services, train the next generation of health care professionals, and conduct leading-edge research to discover tomorrow’s care today. As connectors in the system, we create capacity and generate a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit caho-hospitals.com.

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For more information contact:

Elise Bradt
Communications Specialist
t. 416-205-1469
ebradt@caho-hospitals.com
caho-hospitals.com   @CAHOhospitals