TORONTO, March 23, 2023 – The Children’s Health Coalition welcomes the Ontario government’s commitments to allocate additional funding and work with frontline pediatric health partners to identify more ways to connect children and youth to the care they need.
Today, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy tabled Ontario’s 2023 budget, Building A Strong Ontario, which includes this passage:
“Every child in Ontario should be able to getthe care they need, when they need it.”
We agree. We know what needs to be done. We already have the plan. And we are ready to get to work. After decades of under investment by successive governments, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Children’s health service organizations will use increased investments to deliver with accountability and innovation.
Ontario’s pediatric hospitals and community partners are ready to implement our plan so kids and families see the results quickly.
The Children’s Health Coalition is a network of partners committed to advancing excellence and expertise in pediatric care – leading to better outcomes and a high-quality, consistent and coordinated approach to healthcare that is centered around children, youth and their families.
The Coalition includes:
The coalition developed the Make Kids Count Action Plan representing a detailed analysis from the 115 cross-sectoral organizations that are represented within the Coalition. This analysis identified a need for an annual investment of $357 million each year for the next four years to ensure timely access to health care as part of system recovery, to ensure hospital capacity, and to ensure community providers can meet the urgent needs of Ontario’s children.