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(VIDEO) Wilson asked government for update on hospice funding

(May 2, 2019) On Thursday in the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson asked the government about funding for his local hospices.

"Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood continues to wait for operational funding for four of their ten beds," said Wilson. "Does the government have any plans to fund these four empty beds, and if not, can you please explain to my constituents why that can't be done at this time?"

Health Minister Christine Elliott explained that discussions are ongoing and that her Ministry will have an answer soon. She also said the government invested $33.6 million last year in new hospice beds.

Wilson continued, "Matthews House Hospice in Alliston sent you a cost-saving analysis back in January to show the overall savings that investments in hospice care can have, particularly with respect to community services... will the government provide additional funding so that the hospice can provide more community services?"

In the response the Health Minister acknowledged that hospices are more cost-effective than hospitals and reiterated that discussions are ongoing.

Wilson has spent years pushing for investments in hospice and palliative care in an effort to relieve pressure on our hospitals. He is pleased with what has been accomplished, but feels more can always be done.


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