Ontario hospitals may begin moving discharged patients awaiting long-term care to nursing homes that are not their choice today.
The new law allows hospitals to temporarily send those patients to homes up to 70 kilometers away in southern Ontario and up to 150 kilometers away in the northern territories.
Some hospital leaders have applauded the province’s move to try to ease the pressure on hospitals.
Emergency departments across the province have been closed for hours or days in the past few months.
Scarborough Health Network CEO David Graham says the new law will open up beds, allowing for more surgeries.
Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance CEO Andrew Williams says he appreciates the government for the legislation, but says it won’t immediately help his facility because there are no vacant long-term care beds in the region.
The province says the new rules will help free up at least 250 hospital beds in the first six months.
On November 20, hospitals may begin charging patients $400 per day if they refuse to be moved.
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