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CBC News - Ottawa -
Lack of long-term care worse in eastern Ontario
The doctor responsible for health care in eastern Ontario says the region lags behind the rest of the province in providing long-term care to patients because of a lack of affordable home-care options.
"We probably have 250 folks today who are in our acute-care hospitals who shouldn't be there," said Dr. Robert Cushman, CEO of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, which covers an area along the Ontario-Quebec border, including Ottawa, Cornwall and Deep River.
"Their treatment is finished. Unfortunately, they can't go home. Well, one of the reasons they can't go home is we don't have the supports to improve home-care services. [So], the apparent option is long-term care."