WATCH: Province pumps money into EMS

Party of a push for community paramedics to help seniors

The province is pumping $6 million dollars into jump-starting community paramedic programs across the province.

12 communities in Ontario already have a program in place - including Toronto. However, the biggest city in the province only has one community paramedic, who sees up to 800 patients a year.

These paramedics would focus on non-emergency calls - checking up on seniors who call 9-1-1 frequently, teach them about properly taking medication, and help them deal with chronic diseases.

These specialists would also link seniors up with homecare programs if they need them.

The community paramedics would not put a strain on the system or take other paramedics who deal with emergencies off the road. Toronto says it will use the funding it gets to hire more paramedics for the program.

Health minister Deb Matthews says she hopes the program can be rolled out in cities across the soon as possible.

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