Hospitals on the Brink


Hospitals on the Brink

Ontario’s hospitals are on the brink. Many hospitals are under enormous pressure to provide care to a growing and aging population, and wait times are going up. Today, many patients are waiting far too long in hospitals to receive care at home, in long-term care, or in the community. No matter which Party is elected in June, now is the time for urgent action on health care. Ending hallway medicine will require significant long-term investments in hospitals and across the continuum-of-care, as well as a long-term capacity plan to adequately prepare for patients – now and in the future.

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Some emergency room patients have had to wait more than 32 hours to be admitted to hospital, the largest in seven years.

140% Capacity

Throughout the past year, half of all hospitals were at full capacity, with some hospitals at 140 per cent capacity.

55 Days

Some patients have to wait longer than 55 days for important hospital tests like CT scans.

30% Population Growth

Wait times are already too long.  But over the next 25 years, population of Ontario is expected to increase by 30%.

92 Days

Hospital patients who are able to move to long-term care typically have to wait 92 days, meaning fewer hospital beds are available for other patients who need them.

17% Hospital Beds

More than 17% of acute hospital beds are occupied by patients who should be receiving care at home, in long-term care or in the community.

Ontario’s hospitals are on the brink. To end hallway medicine, significant long-term investments are needed in hospitals and across the continuum of care.

This funding will ensure that the health system has capacity to reduce wait times and meet the growing health care needs of Ontario patients.



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To learn more about why investments are needed in hospitals and across the health care ​system, dowload the Ontario Hospital Association's one-pager.

​Read the one-pager