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The Ford Government has published more troubling details on the More Beds, Better Care Act. Alternate Level of Care hospital patients may be charged $400 per day if they do not agree to move to a long-term care facility up to 70 km away in southern Ontario, and up to 150 km away in the North East and North West health regions.
Adults who have developmental disabilities are six times more likely to spend time as Alternate Level of Care patients – in other words, they are at higher risk of needing to stay in hospital even if they don’t need acute care, because there are no other appropriate options.
For hospital patients who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, a forced move to long-term care can be traumatic and destabilizing. Very few will have the resources to pay $400 per day ($12,000 per month, $146,000 per year) to remain in hospital. It is highly likely that people will be sent to long-term care facilities with little or no expertise in supporting them, at distances that remove them from family and friends.
If you share our concerns about this legislation, please send a short note to your MPP, expressing your objections.