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Ontario ombudsman could hold hospitals to account

André Marin, The Star, Toronto, April 8, 2012

A series of stories in the April 5 edition of The Star painted a sobering picture of how hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area compare to those in the rest of Canada. Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), released via a great new online tool, indicate problems in 11 of 18 local hospitals compared to hundreds of acute-care facilities across Canada. Sadly, these problems are not the only examples of how the GTA – and Ontario – lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to hospitals. Ontario is also the only province whose ombudsman cannot investigate hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Ontario hospitals defend performance

Theresa Boyle, The Star, Toronto

The provincial government and its hospital sector are defending themselves after a national report found Ontario hospitals have higher administrative costs than elsewhere in Canada.

Organization key to better senior care, health network CEO says

Mariana Ionova, The Ottawa Citizen

Better coordination of health services for seniors can cut inefficiencies and extra costs in Ontario’s health-care system, the head of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network said Saturday at a meeting with the region’s family councils. She said that the issue is not a lack of options for seniors, but the poor organization that makes these services difficult to navigate.

Ontario revamps hospital funding model

“Shifting resources” to affect number of yet-to-be-named institutions

Lee Greenberg and Pauline Tam, The Ottawa Citizen

Toronto – Thirty-six hospitals in Ontario will have their budgets cut by as much as three per cent, provincial health minister Deb Matthews said Monday, as part of a new funding model that favours hospitals in high-growth neighbourhoods and ties funding to the quality of certain procedures such as cataract surgeries.

Head of Bruyère group resigns

Organization must reposition, head of board of directors says

Pauline Tam, The Ottawa Citizen

The head of Bruyère Continuing Care has stepped down from his $337,000-a-year job, a move the hospital’s board says is needed as the organization heads into belt-tightening times. The looming period of austerity could have the biggest impact on the 30,000 Ontario seniors and hospital patients who are on waiting lists for acute-care beds, nursing home beds or home-care services.