FACT SHEET: Patient Classification and Funding in Chronic Care
Posted: January 1, 2000
Patient classification has been a key development in hospital funding in Ontario. But patient classification funding is not yet in place for post-acute care services. For rehabilitation and chronic care, hospitals receive global allocations equal to their previous year’s allocation plus increases or decreases for changes in programs, plus increases or decreases for changes in province-wide hospital funding. Long term care facilities (like nursing homes or homes for the aged) began using patient classification for funding in the early 1990s. Now patient classification based funding is coming to post-acute hospital care.