In September, SickKids Hospital in Toronto launched a partnership with Airbnb to highlight the need for more space.
SickKids and Airbnb have created a replica of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, complete with sights, sounds and the obstacles doctors, nurses and patients face. The hospital emphasizes the need for change as infrastructure limitations make it difficult to support the needs of patients and their families.
Unfortunately, SickKids is not alone in this. Hospitals across the country are facing budget cuts and are struggling to stretch every dollar. In fact, earlier this year Toronto Rehab Hospital announced the lay-off of 44 staff and the closing of 25 beds.
In 2017-2018 Ottawa capped federal healthcare transfer payments at 3%, despite healthcare costs growing by 6-7% annually. As a result, hospitals like SickKids and Toronto Rehab can’t meet the needs of their patients. And their lack of funding forces them to make difficult decisions. Closures and cuts are the result, putting the health of Canadians at risk.
This election, our politicians must raise federal transfers to our healthcare system to match the growth we are seeing. This election, our politicians must pledge to support the 6% Solution.