Ontarians expect hospitals to be there when they need them, but Ontario’s hospitals are struggling to keep up with rising demand and access to timely care is at serious risk. Ontario’s population is aging and growing, and there are too many patients waiting in hospital beds for care they should be receiving in other places. The result is long wait times, hospital overcrowding, and hallway health care – which is bad for patients and reflects an unbalanced health system.
Ontario's hospitals are doing their part; they're among the most efficient in the country - the result of many years of dedicated effort. But there are no more meaningful efficiencies to be found. Simply put, hospitals have run out of options. Given the extraordinary gains in efficiency made by Ontario hospitals, continued access to high quality hospital services is now at risk for some hospitals.