Alliance for Healthier Communities’ CEO Sarah Hobbs presented our Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on February 15. Alliance previously submitted our 2023 Pre-Budget Submission, Investing in Comprehensive Primary Health Care: the foundation of an integrated health system (version française ici).
Our submission proposed investments in three key areas to help keep people in the community and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. We urge the Government to firmly address health inequities that impact hospital system use by providing sustainable supports for primary health care organizations through base budget funding
We amplified our members' concerns during our presentation to the Committee and called on the government to work with primary healthcare organizations. The rising costs of operating in this economic environment and the lack of investments in community-governed primary healthcare organizations have left our members asking the Government to respond swiftly. Lastly, we conveyed to Committee that current government priorities for a connected, comprehensive, and convenient healthcare system align best with the primary care healthcare sector's nimble and community-governed approach.
[Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs at Queen's Park on February 15, 2023]