|The Government of Ontario has announced a long-term plan to fix and strengthen the public health care system by focusing directly on the needs of Ontario’s patients and families. 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.
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.
As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, I look forward to working closely with Health Minister Christine Elliott in delivering on our committments to the people of Ontario.