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."
- 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.