A government source, also not authorized to speak publicly told Global News said, "We are designing a system based around patients and their families".
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she fears the changes will open the door to greater privatization of services.
In announcing plans for Ontario, Health Minister of Health Christine Elliott spoke of making health care patient-centred and sustainable, calling the current system siloed and fragmented. "There are people who are working in the LHINs for example right now, who provide wonderful home care". Whereas, home care, from a funding perspective, is probably the most underdeveloped part of the health-care system.
Vicki McKenna, the president of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA, ) said the government's plan makes this a "destabilizing time" for nurses, especially for the almost 4,000 nurses that her agency represents who work for the LHINs.
If passed, six agencies are slated for "transition", including Cancer Care Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Health Share Services Ontario, HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency. Health care providers will be accountable for the patients they serve and will partner to effectively coordinate their care. "Home care continues as before an there are no changes to long-term care home placement", a statement on the North East Local Health Integration Network website reads.More news: Solskjaer says playing for Manchester United is ‘survival of the fittest’
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The province says it 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. "We are always happy for any improvement that will allow us to work in even closer partnership with other health care organizations in order to improve access to care and the patient experience", Quinte Health Care president and chief executive officer Mary Clare Egberts said in a brief statement. With safeguards in place to protect personal health information, patients will also have an option to securely access digital health services, such as having access to their electronic health records and virtual care options for patients.
Family doctors are well-positioned to help patients navigate the system and have a first-hand understanding of the ways health care delivery could be improved, Young said.
The "duplicative" work refers to some of the administrative functions, Elliott stressed, but she said those services will be required in the new local health teams, too. This would improve clinical guidance and support for providers and enable better quality care for patients.
The Ontario Health Coalition said it would fight any attempt to privatize the public non-profit health services, while the Canadian Union of Public Employees said it will begin escalating actions across the province to push the government to reconsider the changes. Providers and patients will also be engaged on the procurement of medical products and services to help ensure the ones being used are delivering the best patient outcomes.
A news release states, "Ontario now has a large network of provincial and regional agencies, clinical oversight bodies and 1,800 health service provider organizations". This Council provides advice on key health care priorities that have an impact on patient care and experience, and drive meaningful changes to provincial health care planning, programs and policies.
Local health officials contacted about what the new system would mean for health care in Parry Sound did not offer comment, pending review of the proposal. "I don't view that the role of public health will change".