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CAHO Recommendations for 2018 Ontario Budget

Toronto, February 9, 2018 – The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) recommends the Province invest in hospitals in its 2018 Ontario Budget. Hospitals are under intense pressure and investment is needed to maintain care for patients across Ontario.

In its 2018 pre-budget submission to the Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa, CAHO recommended an increase of 4.55 per cent in total operational funding for hospitals and the creation of a one per cent Patient Safety Equipment Fund, echoing the recommendations of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Read CAHO’s 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

CAHO’s members, the province’s 23 research hospitals, play a critical role in the delivery of Ontario’s health care. They are the research and development arm of our health care system and they train the health care professionals of tomorrow. This is in addition to providing the advanced patient care that serves the needs of local communities, regions, and Ontario as a whole.

The last several years have been financially challenging for CAHO hospitals. They have had to meet the needs of an increasing demand within flat-lined budgets. “Our members managed by finding efficiencies without compromising patient care, training, or research activities, but now there is no more fat to cut,” said CAHO Executive Director, Michelle Noble.

Funding for hospitals in Ontario on a per-capita-basis is now the lowest in the country, generating significant savings for the government to invest in other priority areas, including other parts of the health care system. Our members have been supportive of this direction, but today, hospital infrastructure is run down, access to basic services is at risk, and the workforce is under significant duress. Hospitals are crowded, emergency departments are over capacity and a growing number of hospital beds are occupied by patients waiting for alternative levels of care.

“Without significant increases to hospital funding, our members will not be able to meet the health care needs of their local communities or deliver the specialized care that they provide for patients across Ontario,” said Noble.

When adequately resourced, CAHO hospitals help make Ontario healthier, wealthier, and smarter by providing specialized care, discovering new treatments, driving innovation and efficiency, creating highly skilled jobs, attracting talent and training Ontario’s healthcare workforce. CAHO urges the government to invest in the province’s academic hospitals and enable them to continue building a healthier, wealthier, and smarter Ontario.


About CAHO

The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) represents Ontario’s 23 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. On the foundation of this work, we generate the expertise and evidence to drive change as system leaders, building a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. For more information, visit




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