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: Transforming Health Care

BACKGROUNDER — November 14, 2016

Ontario’s action plan for health care is centred on putting patients first. For patients and their families, this means faster access to an integrated health care system that helps them stay as close to home as possible.

Transforming health care will make sure patients get the right care when and where they need it, and achieve efficiencies so that everyone can continue to rely on high-quality health care in the future.

Ontario’s Actions

Announced today:

  • An additional $140 million in 2016–17 to reduce wait times, support better care and improve services for patients in every hospital across the province.
  • A new opioid strategy, including improved patient care and expanded free access for patients and their families to the anti-opioid drug, naloxone, to prevent overdose deaths. The government is investing $17 million to create or enhance 17 chronic pain clinics across the province to improve timely patient care.

Investing in Ontario’s hospitals:

To provide Ontarians with better access to health care, the government is:

  • Expanding its investment in family health care providers by an additional $85 million over three years to recruit and retain nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians and other interprofessional health care providers in primary care teams and clinics across the province, including in northern, rural and fast-growing communities, to reduce wait times.
  • Introducing the new dementia strategy that will build on current investments of $85 million to enhance services for older Ontarians and their families. The Province is also consulting this fall to help improve access to quality care for almost 230,000 people newly diagnosed or living with dementia and to support their caregivers.
  • Expanding its immunization program to include human papillomavirus (HPV) coverage for more youth and offer free shingles vaccines for seniors 65 to 70.

To provide more coordinated care at home and in communities, Ontario is:

Going Forward

To continue transforming health care across the province, the Ontario government will:

  • Continue to improve access to primary care, with more same- or next-day, after-hours and weekend care and deliver coordinated services in communities across the province.
  • Improve access to highly specialized stem-cell transplantation programs in Ontario. In addition to investments at the University Health Network, Hamilton Health Sciences and The Ottawa Hospital, the government plans to build more specialized rooms at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto to treat people with lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma and other blood disorders.
  • Introduce legislative amendments in fall 2016 to reinforce its zero tolerance policy on the sexual abuse of patients by any regulated health care professional.