The province is helping to fill a gap in Muskoka healthcare, but it’s a one-time deal. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is getting $2.3 million from the government so it can balance its budget for the year. However, it’s only a one-time investment, leaving MAHC officials to wonder about next year.

CEO Natalie Bubela says it’s not a long-term solution to their ongoing financial problems. She says that $2 million gap will come up again next year, and could get even bigger as the cost of labour, drugs, supplies and other essentials goes up.

This year’s investment is going into emergency and in-patient care at the Huntsville hospital and the South Muskoka hospital in Bracebridge.