KHSC CEO says new long-term care rules will affect far fewer patients in hospital – Kingston Pipa News

KHSC CEO says new long-term care rules will affect far fewer patients in hospital – Kingston

Hospital patients who no longer need acute care at Kingston Health Sciences Center can move on.

Due to new legislation in Ontario, people who are waiting to be admitted to a long-term care facility of their choice may eventually be faced with the decision to move to a different facility.

If the patient chooses to stay in the hospital, a $400-day fee will apply to continue their hospital care, effective at the end of November.

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“It’s something very few people will be able to afford,” says Kingston and the Islands MPP Ted Hsu. “In a sense, it’s a push out of the hospital.”

Provincial legislation passed over the past several weeks could allow residents of southern Ontario to see patients in a long-term care facility up to 70 kilometers away.

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The head of KHSC says the law will affect very few people in his care, and no one has been sent so far from his community.

“People who, for whatever reason, put their name into only a few (long-term care) homes, and especially homes with very long wait times,” says Dr. David Pichora, KHSC’s president and CEO. who will be affected.

“It will advance the conversation about having your name on additional homes.”


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Pichoura says that such interactions with patients and families have been taking place long before the new law.

Presently, out of 600 beds of KHSC, around 550 beds are in use. Of these, about 40 beds are individuals who are waiting for long-term care.

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But Pechora says only a few of them will be affected by the new law that the Ontario government estimates will empty 400 hospital beds across the province.

HSU agrees that hospital beds need to be freed up, but says they would have preferred to focus on other areas of the health care system.

“Make sure long-term care homes are fully staffed so that all space is available,” Hsu says.

“We also have to make sure there are domestic supports.”

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Pichora says that work is being done, but no one is getting well soon.

“It’s about trying to make things better for patients who need acute care — an acute care bed and team to take care of them,” he says. “But it’s also about helping the well-being of our employees who are under a lot of pressure.”

Patients moving to a long-term care facility will not lose their location for their preferred long-term care home when one becomes available.

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