MOHTLC (Dec 17 2015): Ontario proposes a path towards better access to care

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Province Consulting with Patients and Health Care Partners

Ontario has released a proposal for consultation aimed at giving patients better access to care no matter where they live. The province is seeking feedback on the proposal from the public and from the health care sector.

The next stage of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, the "Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario" outlines ways to:

  • Make it easier for patients to find a primary health care provider when they need one, see that person quickly when they are sick, and find the care they need, closer to home.   
  • Improve communication and connections between primary health care providers, hospitals and home and community care. 
  • Ensure the province has the right number of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, and plan locally to make sure they are available to patients where and when they are needed.

The proposal outlines an expanded role for local health networks - including in primary care and home and community care - that reduces administrative overlap and invests in front-line services so Ontarians get consistent care no matter where they live.

This is the next step in the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.


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“Our goal is to ensure that patients get the care they need no matter who they are and that the local health care system is there for them no matter where they live. With this proposal, we will help improve access to the services patients depend on, like primary care and home and community care. I look forward to hearing from patients and our health care partners as we continue to improve one of the best health care systems in the world – one that truly puts patients first.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care