CP24 – The Ford government is going deep in the red to support hospitals and people during the COVID-19 pandemic, doubling the deficit to more than $20 billion in 2020-2021.

Not dubbed an official budget but instead “Ontario’s Action Plan 2020: Responding to COVID-19,” the document includes $3.3 billion for hospitals, public health units and laboratories, and a combined $4.8 billion in assorted reserves and contingencies — the largest reserve fund ever set aside by Ontario.

The healthcare funding includes direct transfers to increase hospital budgets across Ontario, enabling them to add at least 1,500 critical and acute care beds…

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