June 25, 2002

Healthcare funding in York Region falls drastically behind provincial average


NEWMARKET - York region residents receive less per capita funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care than other Ontarians. This was an early finding of the Human Services Planning Coalition (HSPC) of York Region Task Force on Healthcare Funding.

"A significant investment in York region's health care system will ensure that our residents are equitably treated," says Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio and Co-Chair of the HSPC.

The HSPC report entitled Fair is Fair Health Care Investment in York Region states that healthcare providers are doing their best to respond to rapid growth, but are falling behind because they are still trying to catch up to historical underfunding.

Although York region's rate of growth in 1999 was 5.6 % compared to the province's growth rate of 1.3%, provincial healthcare funding for York Region has not kept pace:

"York region needs equitable and timely funding because rapid growth requires new investment," says Bill Hogarth, Director of Education for the York Region District School Board and Co-chair of the HSPC. "Continued population growth also requires more services for everyone -- especially for seniors."

The HSPC has released a brochure to educate citizens about the magnitude of the region's health care underfunding. The HSPC report about the lack of healthcare funding in York region will be released in the fall.

The HSPC was established in 2001 to support long-term, integrated planning and funding of human services, which include social services, public health, education and policing. Its goal is to have all human service providers and levels of government working together to ensure York region residents have strong, caring and safe communities. For more information about the Human Service Planning Coalition and The Regional Municipality of York, visit www.region.york.on.ca. -30-

Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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