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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:23 pm    Post subject: Ontario pc's to introduce Health Care reform bill Reply with quote

( it seems there is significant change coming to Ontario's health care system although its unclear exactly what that is , more to come tomorrow )


Ontario health transformation bill to be introduced Tuesday

Queen's Park


The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 25, 2019 3:12PM EST



Ontario is set to introduce legislation Tuesday to transform the health-care system in the province.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there have been changes from a leaked draft version that the NDP revealed late last month.

The draft bill showed that Ontario was planning a health "super agency," with the proposed legislation allowing the government to roll local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and other government health agencies under that umbrella.

The NDP has warned that language in the draft bill allows for greater privatization in the health system.

But Elliott has said the legislation will not include two-tier care, private hospitals, making patients pay for more services out of pocket, or privatizing services such as long-term care inspections and the air ambulance service.

Leaked government documents show a new model of "integrated care delivery" is being created, called MyCare groups, intended to provide patients with seamless, co-ordinated care and a single team of providers for their care needs.


https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/ontario-health-transformation-bill-to-be-introduced-tuesday-1.4312018
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

February 25, 2019 11:21 am Updated: February 25, 2019 12:04 pm

Ontario PC government to announce sweeping healthcare reform Tuesday

By Travis Dhanraj
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Global News



Global News has learned the Ontario government will be announcing plans to reform the province’s healthcare system on Tuesday.

Multiple government sources confirmed that as part of the announcement, Health and Long Term Care Minister Christine Elliott will be revealing details about the creation of a healthcare super agency.


Global News has also learned Elliott will announce plans to dissolve the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Network’s (LHINs). The LHINs currently manage funds for hospitals, long-term care homes and community health centres.


In early February, the NDP leaked a government draft bill which first revealed the super agency plan.

At the time, Elliott said the bill was “just a draft” and that the NDP were “fear mongering” when it came to concerns they raised about potential privatization of services.

In the days that followed, it was revealed that cabinet had already approved various actions as part of the new healthcare plan.


A PC party source not authorized to speak publicly told Global News, “The Ontario healthcare system has been broken for some time and the Ford government was elected by the people of Ontario to fix it. It’s exciting that they are taking this strong action for the people.”

A government source, also not authorized to speak publicly told Global News said, “We are designing a system based around patients and their families.”

“The Doug Ford government has been cooking up a secret overhaul to health care services behind closed doors, in backrooms,” Sarah Singh, deputy leader of the NDP, told Global News in a statement.

“The NDP took the unprecedented step of obtaining and releasing a draft of that bill in order to warn the people of Ontario what Ford has been up to — and how it opens the door to a wave of for-profit companies to access our health care dollars.”


Singh also said she hopes the government has revised its plan.

“We hope the bill has been drastically changed since we last saw it, to close the door to privatization and stop the creation of Ford’s super agency,” she said.


https://globalnews.ca/news/4996174/ontario-government-healthcare-reform/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ford government creating Ontario Health super-agency



Health Minister Christine Elliott announced plans Tuesday to consolidate Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth, LHINs


Mike Crawley · CBC News · Posted: Feb 26, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 25 minutes ago


Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott announced sweeping changes to the province's health-care system on Tuesday morning. (CBC)


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The Doug Ford government is creating a central agency called Ontario Health to oversee the province's $60-billion health-care system.

The super-agency — unveiled Tuesday by Health Minister Christine Elliott — will be formed by dissolving the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and merging their duties with those of six provincial health agencies, including Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth Ontario.
•Ford government's super-agency plans will mean complete overhaul of health bureaucracy

CBC News was first to reveal the health-system merger plans with a report in January on the provincial government's intention to dissolve the LHINs. Since then, leaked documents obtained by the NDP, including draft legislation, revealed more about the changes the government was considering.


Six agencies that will be consolidated under Ontario Health, in addition to the 14 LHINs, are:
•Cancer Care Ontario.
•eHealth Ontario.
•Trillium Gift of Life Network.
•Health Shared Services.
•Health Quality Ontario.
•HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

Elliott said Tuesday that work overhauling the system will begin in the spring, but it will take years for it "to become mature."


The new Ontario Health will be formed by dissolving six provincial health agencies, including Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth Ontario, as well as the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). (Shutterstock)

Elliott also unveiled details of her plans to encourage hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-care agencies and other health service providers to form "integrated care entities."

The Ontario Health Teams will be made up of local health-care providers and organized to work as a co-ordinated group, Elliott said. The teams will be built to "guide patients" among various care providers and help families through transitions between providers.

"They would take the guesswork out of navigating the health-care system," Elliott said.

Under the plan, each newly formed grouping would receive a single block of funding and work together to deliver a range of health-care services, sources in the health sector told CBC News before the announcement.
•Ford's 'hallway health care' experts point to problems in the system

The sources said the new Ontario Health super-agency will ask health providers to make proposals for forming the groups, rather than force them together.


Elliott will also unveil details of her plans to encourage hospitals, long-term care facilities and home-care agencies to join together as a team that would receive a single block of funding to deliver health-care services. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

On Monday, Elliott spoke to reporters at Queen's Park in Toronto, and while she acknowledged she would be announcing her health restructuring plans, she did not reveal details.

"It's going to significantly reduce hallway medicine by making sure that people find the care that they need," Elliott said.

"This is something that we have thought about long and hard.

"What we really need to do is focus our health-care system on the patient. That's what the centre of all of this is about, is to make sure that patients' needs are considered and thought of first and foremost."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Monday she is worried that the super-agency model will allow for contracting of health services to the private sector.

The looming changes as well as complaints the previous government failed to tackle the hospital overcrowding problem have the Liberals on the defensive.

"I'm not going to say that we solved everything," said interim Liberal Leader John Fraser.

"Anyone who tells you that they've got the solution to health care, they're not being truthful with you, because it's constant work. You're never done."


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-ontario-health-super-agency-lhin-cancer-care-1.5032830
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ontario overhauling health-care system with super agency



Canadian Press


Published:
February 26, 2019


Updated:
February 26, 2019 10:02 AM EST


Filed Under:

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Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, tours Bridgepoint Active Healthcare before making an announcement in Toronto on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin



Ontario is merging 20 health agencies into one super agency and will establish local health teams to co-ordinate care as part of a system overhaul.

Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the health-care transformation Tuesday morning and the government intends to introduce legislation later in the day.


Elliott says too much time is spent maintaining a fragmented system and far too many people believe it is the patient or family’s job to navigate the complicated landscape.

A new agency, called Ontario Health, will consolidate local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and several other agencies.

As well, Ontario Health Teams will be established to provide what Elliott calls seamless access to health services, including primary care, hospitals, home and community care, palliative care, residential long-term care, and mental health and addictions services.


The government says people will still be able to choose who provides their care, and more choices will be available through technology, such as giving patients an option to securely access their electronic health records and virtual care options.



https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ontario-overhauling-health-care-system-with-super-agency
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of these agencies were never meant to go on forever to begin with (eHealth Ontario) and others were recently created under the previous government (OAHPP).

This strikes me as low hanging fruit.
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