The following is a summary of the main points from the Ontario government’s 2019 Budget:
- Government recognizes significant contribution of Ontario’s doctors in providing safe, effective and quality care to individuals and families across the province and will respect the recently arbitrated decision on the new physician services agreement.
- Government has continued concern over provincial debt level and current deficit and announced a plan to achieve a balanced budget by 2023-24.
- Government announced shifting dollars away from health bureaucracy and administration to front line workers including doctors.
- Public Health Units to be modernized.
- Amalgamation of six existing Provincial Health Agencies and LHINs into one agency: Ontario Health.
- $267 million in additional funding for home and community care.
- $17 billion over 10 years to modernize and increase capacity at hospitals.
- New dental program for low-income seniors.
- $394 million in additional funding to hospital sector to end hallway health care.
- OHIP+ coverage for uninsured patients under 25 patients; creates annual savings of $250 million.
- 15,000 new long term care beds over the next five years and upgrading 15,000 existing beds to modern design standards.
- $3.8 billion over 10 years for mental health, addictions and housing supports.
- Expansion of Scope of Practice for other health practitioners.
p= Ontario Ministry of Finance planning projection based on external sources
|Ontario Real GDP Growth (%)||2.8||2.2||1.4||1.6
|World Real GDP Growth (%)||3.8||3.7||3.5||3.6
|U.S. Real GDP Growth (%)||2.2||2.9||2.5||1.8
Fiscal Indicators ($ Billions)
Source: 2019 Ontario Budget Ministry of Finance Links: Minister's Foreword, Full Document
For more information, contact:
George Marusic, Director, Analytics
Economics Policy & Research, Ontario Medical Association