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Ford government gives small and medium-sized hospitals more funding

Health Minister Christine Elliott is seen in this file photo.
Health Minister Christine Elliott is seen in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

TORONTO – Ontario is giving small and medium-sized hospitals across the province more money to help address deficits and other funding challenges.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will spend $68 million this year to help nearly 90 hospitals.

She says the province’s existing funding formula has disadvantaged smaller facilities and this is the government’s first step toward addressing the issue.

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The funding will result in 66 small hospitals receiving a one per cent funding increase.

An additional 23 medium-sized hospitals will receive a 1.5 per cent increase.

The government announced in its spring budget that it would spend an additional $384 million this year on hospital budgets.

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