Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthew's visited a north-end healthcare facility on Thursday morning to announce $15.1 million in additional funding for the Hamilton Niagara Brant Haldimand Local Health Integration Network.
Speaking at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre, she said the funding is aimed at supporting homecare and community health programs, especially those that serve seniors, and to reduce the need for emergency care.
"We've got to invest more in keeping people out of the hospital," Matthews said.
Joined by Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Matthews toured the exercise facility and its foot-care clinic, which specializes in care for diabetics.
Widely considered a possible frontrunner in the race to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty as the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, Matthews said she is mulling a bid for the job.
"I am giving this serious consideration," she said. "It's a very big decision."
Candidates must submit their applications to the party by Nov. 23. The leadership convention is slated for Jan. 25.
"I'm talking to friends and family and thinking very seriously, but I'll let you know as soon as I know."