Ontario to Break Down Barriers in the Management of Health Care
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New Legislation aimed to reduce hallway health care, by eliminating gaps in services and spending on care where patients need it.
Queen’s Park –People needing health care are too often caught in the gaps in our health care system. Someone will leave the hospital but still needs to connect with home care. Patients are referred to a specialist but end up on a waiting list or they need care and end up being treated in a hallway. Some families just need help navigating the system to find services when they need them, quickly, efficiently and easy to access. That’s why our government, with legislation introduced today by Health Minister Christine Elliott, is proposing changes that would establish a more connected, efficient and appropriate management of health services in the interests of the patient.
We will establish Ontario Health Teams, with doctors and nurses who understand local needs working together to enable easy transitions from one medical service to another. We will integrate multiple provincial health agencies and programs into one agency with a single authority and accountability to oversee the health care system. This agency would enable better care, more seamless care and transfer of vital information between a patient’s health providers. As a single agency it could allocate resources throughout the system to meet needs faster and more efficiently.
Quotes by Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
“The key to improving the health care Ontario’s patients experience is to manage the health care system better. I am pleased that our government will work to eliminate duplication and bureaucracy and spend health dollars where they are needed – on patients and frontline doctors and nurses.”
- 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.
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