Carbon tax will impact hospitals and patients
April 5, 2019
Global Korean Post
On the third day since the federal government imposed its carbon tax in effect on April 1, 2019, Ontario’s government stands up for patients by fighting against increased costs to public institutions caused by the burdensome federal carbon tax.
Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, were at Halton Healthcare – Milton District Hospital on April 3rd to talk about how the federal government’s carbon tax will impact local hospitals by increasing heating costs.
“We know that the federal carbon tax will increase the cost to heat your home, fuel your car and feed your family,” said Minister Phillips. “More than this, the carbon tax will also have an effect on the institutions that provide essential and life-saving services to the people of Ontario including hospitals.”
For $27.2 million, Ontario could offer an additional 104,615 MRI operating hours providing scans for an additional 157,000 patients. This amount of money could also fund over 3,300 pacemaker implantations.
“The federal carbon tax will increase operation costs for hospitals in Ontario,” said Elliott. “Hospitals should be able to focus their resources on providing the quality, patient-centred care that Ontarians expect and deserve, and not have to deal with unnecessary rising operational costs. Our government is committed to ensuring money is being directed to front-line services – where it belongs – to improve patient experience, and provide better and connected care.”
The government remains committed to fighting the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario.
On the same day, Minister Elliott highlighted the centre of the new integrated health care system.
Ontario Health Teams are a new model to integrate care and funding that will enable patients, families, communities and providers to better work together.
“With Ontario Health Teams, health care providers and organizations will have the support they need to develop better coordinated care for patients, families and caregivers.”
If legislation passes, Ontario Health Teams would connect health care providers and services around patients and families in the community. It would take several years for Ontario Health Teams to be fully operational across the province.