By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
This winter, the Ontario government introduced Bill 74, The People’s Health Care Act. It sets a vision for patient-centred community health care through fostering the establishment of local Ontario Health Teams.
Our Ontario Health Teams will consist of local health care providers organized in a way that will enable them to work as a coordinated group. They would share responsibility for care plans, service provision, and outcomes; and most importantly, they would take the guesswork out of navigating our health care system.
Local health care providers, hospitals, home care providers and others would work as one connected team, no matter where they provide the care. For example, these teams would help seniors who want to age at home.
The People’s Health Care Act also establishes Ontario Health. Instead of multiple agencies providing different oversight and direction in the health care system, this single agency, Ontario Health, would oversee health care delivery, improve clinical guidance, and provide support for providers to ensure better quality care for those who need it.