The province is giving a boost to two health organizations in Parry Sound-Muskoka to address needs at medium-sized hospitals.

The boost amounts to a 2.5-percent increase for the 2021/22 fiscal year, which amounts to $1.75 million. The West Parry Sound Health Centre is getting a boost of 3.2-percent to its base funding amount, which equals just over $1.2 million. 

Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller says this boost will help hospitals plan “future initiatives and reduce surgical backlogs created during the pandemic.”

“We have made significant strides to reschedule postponed procedures and exams while continuing to respond to the unique challenges that the pandemic has placed on hospitals,” Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare CEO Natalie Bubela. She adds that this will help “stabilize operations, and provide MAHC with appropriate funding that returns hospital operations to pre-pandemic levels.”

“Historically, medium-sized hospitals have been disadvantaged by the funding model,” Miller says. “I am pleased to see continued action to address longstanding funding inequities in small and medium-sized hospitals. In the past, hospitals had to request additional funds each year and they were never guaranteed approval.”

UPDATE, 08/03: The amount the health organizations will be receiving from the province was incorrect and has been updated.