The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has released a report stating Ontario's hospitals are the most efficient in Canada.
Speaking to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre's regular board meeting on February 5th, President & CEO Michael Barrett says the OHA's report points out that overall hospital bed capacity in Ontario has remained pretty well constant but the population has increase 27% since 1999.
Barrett says in 2019, the province had the lowest amount spent on investment per capital but "still meeting the needs of the population."
Just under $1,500 per person is spent by hospitals.
Barrett says though, with the efficiency comes the next mountain to climb in health care.
He says, "The challenge is that the Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients--the number of patients that no longer require hospital care, is rising."
It doesn't mean the ALC patients don't need care, they just don't need a hospital setting.
Barrett says these patients may need to be in a long term care home or have specialized home care which in some cases, may be unavailable.
SBGHC Chief of Staff, Dr. Lisa Roth says the numbers may be encouraging but with hospital patients in some larger centres still stuck in hallways rather than in rooms, the pat of the back for efficiency should be tempered somewhat.
SBGHC operates hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham.