The Minister of Health for Ontario, Dr. Eric Hoskins, visited our small rural town today, for a very long-awaited announcement - that the government will build a new hospital here in Markdale.
This has been a long time coming, and will be VERY welcome news to the many local people who have worked on the campaign to get a new hospital, and on fund-raising for it. The fund-raising work began 12 years ago, and the local community (of about 10,000 spread through two small towns and 3 rural townships), raised $12 million quite quickly. That's over $1000.00 for every man, woman and child in the area!
An article in the Owen Sound Sun Times provides more information. You can rest assured that a lot of local people will be celebrating tonight.
For readers from other countries, including the United States, our health care system here is paid for through tax dollars. Our taxes may be higher than other places, but once you've paid them, health care is free to everyone. Our hospitals are all public, and are organized in a hierarchy from small local hospitals in communities like this, to major medical centres in large cities. Rural residents have to travel to larger centres for any specialized tests or care, but basic care is available throughout the province.
Deepest thanks to all local residents who have worked over the years to make this possible.