Over the past year, Ontario hospitals and other health care providers have been working expeditiously to combat COVID-19 – a challenge that has been without parallel in Ontario's history. COVID-19 has been incredibly taxing on the hospital sector and its health care workers and has exposed the significant challenges of operating a health care system with longstanding gaps in the system. The OHA's September 2020 paper began to outline many of these challenges.
While hospitals operated under relatively stable circumstances during the first wave of the pandemic, the number of new cases grew quite rapidly over the past winter. As a result of these new and unanticipated pressures, hospitals have had to postpone thousands of scheduled surgeries and procedures, which will take more than one year for hospitals to reschedule. The pandemic has also caused many unintended health consequences with patients arriving to hospitals with significant mental health concerns, rehabilitation needs, and more advanced-stage cancers.
While hope is on the horizon, challenges undoubtedly remain. The OHA has put forward several recommendations to the Government of Ontario in advance of the 2021 Ontario Budget.
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