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Cambridge Memorial Hospital to Receive Nearly $1.8 million Boost From 2017 Provincial Budget

Ontario to Increase Hospital Funding in Cambridge to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services


NEWS May 5, 2017 

Ontario will invest an additional $1,798,204 into Cambridge Memorial Hospital to provide faster access to health care, expand crucial services and procedures, and improve the experience of patients.

This investment in Cambridge is part of a 3.1 per cent increase in hospital funding proposed in the 2017 Budget to directly benefit patients at every public hospital across Ontario, and would:

  • Provide more access to cardiac services, critical care, organ/tissue donations and transplants, rare disease care, and bariatric services, as well as support for new and redeveloped hospitals
  • Improve access and reduce wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • Support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.


“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Doctors, nurses and all staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital work hard every day to provide superior patient care to the people of Cambridge and North Dumfries.  Increased funding is our government’s commitment to giving them the resources they need to continue their stellar work in the community.”
— Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

“The budget announcement is a welcome investment that will help stabilize our health care system and strengthen frontline services. It signals the government’s renewed commitment to expand access to care at all levels. The announcement is timely as we are on the cusp of expansion with our new hospital. I believe this new funding will provide the room to balance our competing priorities of investing in new technologies, expanding our services and continuing to meet the growing health care needs of our community.”
— Patrick Gaskin, president and CEO, Cambridge Memorial Hospital

“We are fortunate in our community to have good flow in our health system - the rate of patients waiting in hospital for care in a more appropriate place is low compared to other areas and we have some of the best emergency department wait times in Ontario. This additional funding will help us to reduce wait times for vital procedures such as hip and knee replacements.”   
— Joan Fisk, Chair, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network     


  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive a minimum 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003-04 to $18 billion in 2017-18.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Ontario also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.




Kevin Swayze

Office of Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge
498 Eagle Street North Unit 101
Cambridge, ON N3H 1C2