Christine Elliott made the comments today as she addressed a gathering of health-care executives organized by the Ontario Hospital Association.
Elliott said the government must address the problem, but acknowledged that Ontario faces “difficult financial times.”
She said the health-care sector will have to find ways to operate more efficiently and that will require “system transformation.”
Premier Doug Ford promised during the spring election to create 15,000 long-term care beds within five years, and 30,000 over the next 10 years to relieve pressure on hospitals.
The government has hired a former hospital CEO to head a new council tasked with finding ways to improve the health-care system.
“I am convinced the solution lies in system transformation, and building health-care delivery for the future,” Elliott said. “Only a system-wide lens will help us plan successfully for how we will care for generations to come.”
Elliott said the government is mindful it was elected with a mandate of fiscal responsibility.
“That means we are going to have to be innovative,” she said.