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

Inpatients who no longer require acute care at Kingston Health Sciences Center may be on the move.

Due to new legislation in Ontario, people waiting to be admitted to a long-term care facility of their choice may eventually have to decide to move to another facility.

If the patient chooses to stay in the hospital, a $400 per day charge to continue hospital care will apply, beginning in late November.

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“It’s something very few people could afford,” said Ted Hsu, MPP for Kingston and the Islands. “In a sense, it’s a push out of the hospital.”

Provincial legislation passed in recent weeks could see patients placed in a long-term care facility up to 70 kilometers away for residents of southern Ontario.

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The KHSC leader says the legislation would impact very few of the people in their care and that no one has ever been sent so far from their community.

“People who, for whatever reason, only put their name on a small number of (long-term care) homes, and especially homes with very long wait times,” says Dr David Pichora, President and CEO of KHSC, of ​​those who will be affected.

“It will move the conversation forward on the possibility of having your name on other houses.”

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Pichora says these types of conversations with patients and families happened long before the new legislation.

Currently, about 550 of KHSC’s 600 beds are in use. Approximately 40 of these beds are reserved for people awaiting long-term care.

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But Pichora says only a few would be affected by the new legislation, which the Ontario government estimates would free up 400 hospital beds in the province.

Hsu agrees that hospital beds need to be freed up, but says he would have preferred to see the focus on other areas of the healthcare system.

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

“We also need to make sure there are home supports.”

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Pichora says work is being done, but there is no quick fix.

“It’s about trying to improve access for patients who need acute care – an acute care bed and a team to look after them,” he says. “But it’s also about helping the well-being of our staff who are under a lot of pressure.”

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

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