Bracebridge Asks Province For Help Funding Hospitals

Posted: 2019-07-24 09:20:46 By: hbr

The Town of Bracebridge wants the province to come through with funding to help secure the future of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.

The Town’s general committee recently signed off on a motion asking the province to help the hospital cover its financial shortfall. The town also asked the hospital board to give them some specific targets when it comes to fundraising for a new hospital.

Mayor Graydon Smith said it’s no secret that the hospital is struggling with funding, and once again the town must advocate on their behalf. 

When it comes to the proposed new hospitals, Smith said local funding is likely going to have to cover some 25 per cent of the overall cost of the project. Muskoka Algonquin Health Care has tentatively pegged the local share of the cost at $94 million.

The Town of Huntsville also passed a similar motion but Coun. Archie Buie wondered aloud why the District hasn't been more active in the planning of the upgraded two-site hospital model.