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

“Our government is taking a comprehensive, pragmatic approach to addressing the public health care system.” –  Sam Oosterhoff, Ford Government rep. and MPP for Niagara West

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted February 27th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Niagara, Ontario — Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long Term Care, has announced 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.”

“Our government is taking a comprehensive, pragmatic approach to addressing the public health care system,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“By relentlessly focusing on patient experience, and on better connected care, we will reduce wait times and end hallway health care. My constituents of Niagara West can be confident that there will be a sustainable health care system for them when and where they need it.”

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.

“If we expect real improvements that patients will experience first-hand, we must better coordinate the public health care system, so it is organized around people’s needs and outcomes. This will enable local teams of health care providers to know and understand each patient’s needs and provide the appropriate, high-quality connected care Ontarians expect and deserve,” said Elliott.

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.

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