Ontario announces nearly $10M for southeastern paramedicine programs

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The province is investing millions to expand programs in southeastern Ontario that will allow those waiting for long-term care to access non-emergency services from local paramedics.

On Thursday, MPPs Todd Smith and Darryl Kramp were in Belleville for the announcement of nearly $6 million in funding for the Hastings-Quinte regions, while Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville and Rideau Lakes, announced $3.25 million for his region.

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The money is meant to help seniors on long-term care waitlists access medical care from those trained in emergency care while living in the comfort of their own homes.

“As we work to build and modernize long-term care capacity in our communities, this innovative program will ensure residents waiting for a bed receive regular care from specially trained paramedics,” said Smith, MPP for the Bay of Quinte.

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The province’s funding for the expansion of local paramedicine across Ontario is meant to allow seniors on waitlists to access full-time health services through online and virtual supports and receive non-emergency home visits and tests from paramedics.

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The program is meant to provide better health monitoring for people who need more care, and hopefully to reduce emergency calls.

The money is part of a greater yearly promise of $54-million to invest in community paramedicine in Ontario.

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