To meet the health-care needs of Ontarians of all ages today and in the future, universities, government and health providers must work together to promote a comprehensive approach to care, ensure access to the latest health research and technology, produce advances in preventive care, train the health professionals our province needs, and support the development of age-friendly communities.
- Ensuring Ontario continues to have strong and accessible health-care requires hard work across the whole system and in our communities. It requires:
- Scientists and researchers who are developing the latest medical technology and treatments.
- A full assortment of programs and initiatives including continued improvements to our hospitals, greater access to home care and long-term care homes, and a renewed focus on mental health, preventive care, and strategies to preserve health.
- Communities with services, infrastructure and cultural activities that are accessible for people of all ages to help Ontarians enjoy healthy, enriching lifestyles at every stage of their lives.
- Equal access to high-quality services in all parts of the province.
- Today, 16.7 per cent of Ontarians are 65 and over, outnumbering Ontarians who are under 15 for the first time. By 2041, the Ontario Ministry of Finance estimates that one in four Ontarians will be a senior.
- As Ontario’s population grows and ages, it is estimated that health care spending will account for 55 per cent of Ontario’s program spending by 2050, up from 42 per cent today.
- Whether it’s through educating more than 4,300 registered nurses, approximately 240 nurse practitioners and more than 1,400 doctors every year, investigating how to use the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology to improve medical treatments, or partnering with communities to offer care to those who don’t have access to a family doctor or nurse practitioner, universities play a pivotal role in providing Ontarians with a comprehensive and robust health-care system.