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Ontario's Government for the People to Break Down Barriers to Better Patient Care

Renewed, connected and sustainable health care system will reduce hallway health care by focusing resources on patient needs

Elgin-Middlesex-London, February 27, 2019 - Yesterday, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, delivered the Government of Ontario's long-term plan to fix and strengthen the public health care system by focusing directly on the needs of Ontario's patients and families.

"The people of Ontario deserve a connected health care system that puts their needs first," said Elliott. "At the same time the people of Ontario deserve peace of mind that this system is sustainable and accessible for all patients and their families, regardless of where you live, how much you make, or the kind of care you require."

Ontario's new plan would improve access to services and patient experience by:

  • Organizing health care providers to work as one coordinated team, focused on patients and specific local needs. Patients would experience easy transitions from one health provider to another (for example, between hospitals and home care providers, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan).
  • Providing patients, families and caregivers help in navigating the public health care system, 24/7.
  • Integrating multiple provincial agencies and specialized provincial programs into a single agency to provide a central point of accountability and oversight for the health care system. This would improve clinical guidance and support for providers and enable better quality care for patients.
  • Improving access to secure digital tools, including online health records and virtual care options for patients - a 21st-century approach to health care.

"For years, I have heard from the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London that our healthcare system is in desperate need of reform," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "Ontarians, especially rural Ontarians, deserve a system that is localized, easy to navigate, and provides timely and high-quality care that meets their individual needs. A one-size-fits-all approach to public healthcare in this province is not an effective means of delivering such an essential system."

Ontario's renewed patient-centric approach is paired with historic investments in long-term care for seniors and improved mental health and addictions services for families. Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to establish a comprehensive and connected system for mental health and addictions treatment, and adding 15,000 new long-term care beds over five years and 30,000 beds over 10 years.

"Our government is taking a comprehensive, pragmatic approach to addressing the public health care system," said Elliott. "By relentlessly focusing on patient experience, and on better connected care, we will reduce wait times and end hallway health care. Ontarians can be confident that there will be a sustainable health care system for them when and where they need it."

Quick Facts

  • The government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed, support the establishment of local Ontario Health Teams that connect health care providers and services around patients and families, and integrate multiple existing provincial agencies into a single health agency – Ontario Health.
  • The entire process will be seamlessly phased in to ensure that Ontarians can continue to contact their health care providers as usual throughout the transition process.
  • The government has consulted with patients, families, nurses, doctors and others who provide direct patient care, including the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine and its working groups, the Minister's Patient and Family Advisory Council, and health system and academic experts.
  • Ontario currently has a large network of provincial and regional agencies, clinical oversight bodies and 1,800 health service provider organizations. This creates confusion for both patients and providers trying to navigate the health care system.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 13:34:34 PM EST

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