Ontario is supporting mothers and babies with new and expanded health care services, including more midwives, enhanced newborn screening and increased supports for vulnerable babies.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and MPP for Ottawa South, on behalf of Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa today to highlight investments in the 2017 budget that will enhance health care for mothers and babies across Ontario.
More than 145,000 babies are born in Ontario each year. Ontario is improving access to health care for mothers and their babies with investments in new and existing programs, including:
Ontario is also helping thousands of people fulfill their dreams of starting or growing a family. Since the government launched the Ontario Fertility Program in December 2015, it has provided more than 6,500 people with funding for in vitro fertilization and related services.
Ontario’s investment in the health and wellness of mothers and babies will have a significant impact on lifelong health outcomes and quality of life, and is the foundation to a healthy population and a sustainable health care system.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that families have access to high-quality health care services. Through new and expanded services for mothers and babies, we will make sure that all babies across Ontario get the best start in life.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“I’m happy to announce funding to further strengthen newborn screening for all Ontario babies, and we are proud to be the first province in Canada to screen for critical congenital heart disease. Our government is committed to early detection and intervention that improves health and developmental outcomes, so children can lead healthy and happy lives.”
— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“I am excited about our partnership with Newborn Screening Ontario. This enhancement of the Infant Hearing Program's newborn hearing screening means children that have hearing loss or are at risk of hearing loss will be identified as early as possible. Together we will be able to help children and families get the supports and services they need.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“We are so proud of the great work done by Newborn Screening Ontario here at CHEO. Their dedicated staff and innovative clinicians help every single baby born in Ontario get the healthiest possible start in life.”
— Alex Munter, CEO of CHEO and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
Over 6,500 babies are born at Mount Sinai every year. Two-thirds of these babies are delivered following a high risk pregnancy, a specialty focus here at Sinai. We provide outstanding evidence-based care to these vulnerable babies including providing donated breast milk to preterm infants. For example, donated breast milk is effective in reducing the risk of a potentially life threatening condition. This new funding will expand access to donated breast milk from our Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank for pre-term infants hospitalized across Ontario."
— Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEO, Sinai Health System.
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