Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, spoke in Toronto to The
Empire Club of Canada to highlight the province’s commitment to delivering high quality health
care services for patients and their families across Ontario.
* As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $7 billion in health care
over the next three years.
* Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase
from the previous year.
* 94 per cent of people in Ontario now have a primary health care provider.
* A Fraser Institute study showed that the median wait time — from family doctor to
specialist to treatment — was 15.6 weeks in Ontario in 2016, the lowest of any province.
* The province is set to balance the budget this year and maintain a balanced budget for
the next two years. A balanced budget means more funding for the programs and
services people rely on most.