The North East Local Health Integration Network has tough questions to answer over their health care services. Provincial Finance Critic, Vic Fedeli, says the LHIN is spending a lot of money, with not much to show for it. He says wait times for things like hip surgeries, knee replacements, and MRI scans all missed their targets. Wait times went from 70 days to 76 days, and that is compared to the average provincial wait time of 48 days.
Meanwhile, the LHIN’s administrations costs have gone up by $200,000, which includes a $10,000 pay hike for CEO Louise Paquette, who was cited as making around $267,000 on this year’s Sunshine List. Fedeli says the LHIN spent $75 million more on community-based care than it did five years, but health services are dropping.
The North East LHIN is at the bottom of the list across Ontario, missing 11 of 15 performance targets.