VIDEO: Wilson Continues to Call on Government to Equitably Fund Hospices
(July 17, 2014) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson remains committed to advocating for fair hospice funding for his riding and across the province. Today in the Ontario Legislature, Wilson reiterated his call for the government to create a comprehensive strategy to ensure that all Ontarians receive equal access to end of life care.
“Minister, over three years ago I first stood in this house to raise an important issue about the discrepancy between how hospices are funded in Ontario,” said Wilson. “I have since raised this issue with your government several times and yet nothing seems to be happening.”
“Hospices are there for those that require treatment at the end stages of life. The alternative for many people is to stay in the hospital at a much higher cost,” continued Wilson. “You have a clear opportunity to save taxpayers some money by supporting hospices across the province. Will you do that?”
Wilson noted that an intensive care bed in hospital can cost upwards of $3,000, while a hospice bed averages between $300 and $500. Only 13 out of 35 residential hospices in Ontario receive restricted funding from the province to cover nursing and personal support costs. The other 22 residential hospices receive nothing. Wilson delved further into the cost savings in his supplementary.
“Matthews House Hospice in Alliston runs four beds. They run completely without funding at all from the government, one of the 22,” said Wilson. “Eighty people have gone through there. The average length of stay is 10 days. According to the formula, that’s $2 million you save in health care dollars by supporting hospice.”
Wilson believes that provincial funding for hospices should be a no brainer as there are no capital costs involved. He thanks both Matthews House Hospice in Alliston and Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood for all their fundraising and outstanding effort to providing tremendous end-of-life care in the community.