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• Electricity bill for the hospital has increased by $669,739 over six-year period, despite a 6.7 per cent usage reduction
• Electricity bills have grown by 92 per cent for the hospital

Cambridge Memorial Hospital copes with rising electricity bills despite falling usage


By -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director —— Bio and Archives--November 20, 2017

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TORONTO, ON: Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) reveal that the electricity bills for Cambridge Memorial Hospital have faced a steep increase over the last six years.

The documents show bills that are steadily increasing, growing from $728,065 in 2011-12 to $1,397,804 in 2016-17, an increase of 92 per cent. During the same period, actual usage of electricity fell by 1,296,799 kW, or 6.7 per cent.

“How is Cambridge Memorial Hospital expected to manage their budget when electricity bills are rising by hundreds of thousands of dollars, despite reduced consumption?” asked CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn. “The more the hospital has to spend keeping their lights on, the fewer resources they have for patients.”

Ontario has seen dramatic increases to the cost of electricity, with bills for residential consumers more than doubling in the last decade.

“Families across the province all feel the pain of rapid increases to the cost of electricity when they pay their home electricity bill. But what many people don’t think about is the cost of the Ontario government’s failed electricity policy to the institutions we all rely on, like Cambridge Memorial Hospital,” continued Van Geyn. “Instead of paying $669,739 for inflated electricity bills, Cambridge Memorial Hospital could have paid to medically treat 575 ectopic pregnancies. That’s something that Ontario patients expect their health care system to spend money on, rather than wasting money on this government’s hydro rip-off.”

The documents detailing Cambridge Memorial Hospital’s electricity bills can be found HERE.



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