Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

Date: January 11, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News
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December 17, 2015, Ontario Society of Senior Citizens, United Senior Citizens of Ontario and CARP attended a meeting with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long Term Care before the release of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care proposal by The Honorable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care.

 

Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations is again working with its member organizations and individual seniors as well as other seniors' groups to draft a response to the Ministry. We are encouraging your participation in this process. Your comments, thoughts and suggestions can be emailed to ocsco@ocsco.ca by February 19, 2016 for inclusion in our representation to government on the impact that the proposed changes in the Patients First: Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario may have on Ontario's older persons.  Click here for the report.

You may also submit your comments directly to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (see information below).

 

Some of the contents of the Patients First proposal were based on recommendations from the Home and Community Care Review Expert Group consultations lead by chair Gail Donner, former dean of nursing at the University of Toronto. Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations and its members were involved in the Community Care Review consultations. 

 

In their report, the expert panel steered clear of making recommendations on structural problems, but acknowledged that the current structure is not working. That was a reference to the province’s 14 CCACs and 15 local health integration networks (LHINS). CCACs co-ordinate home and community care for 700,000 clients, and LHINs plan and integrate health and community services.

 

As outlined in Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, Ontario is committed to giving patients better access to care no matter where they live. As part of this plan , Ontario is releasing this proposal for feedback to the community. It 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 Ministry of Health and Long Term Care looks forward to hearing feedback from health care providers, patients (users of the health care system) and caregivers around the province on these recommendation before 5 p.m. on February 29, 2016 to health.feedback@ontario.ca.