Patients First Act, 2016
On December 7th, 2016. Ontario passed legislation that will help patients and their families obtain better access to a more local and integrated health care system, improving the patient experience and delivering higher-quality care. The Patients First Act will help ensure patients are at the centre of the health care system.
Reintroduction of Bill 41 (formerly Bill 210)
In June 2016, a bill containing the Patients First Act, 2016 was first introduced in the Ontario Legislature. On September 8, 2016, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario announced the prorogation of the Legislature. The Legislature reconvened on September 12, at which time the Lieutenant Governor delivered a Speech from the Throne outlining the government’s plans for the new session. The government committed to reintroduce all government bills that were before the Legislature prior to prorogation so that debate on them can continue.
On October 6, 2016 the Patients First Act, 2016 was reintroduced. Bill 41, if passed, would improve access to health care for patients and their families. The proposed legislation would increase access to care with better coordination and continuity, and bring a greater focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
This proposed legislation follows the 2015 release of Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario and represents the next step in the government's plan to deliver on the commitments made in the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. Feedback from thousands of Ontarians informed the development of the Patients First Act, 2016.
Engagement Sessions - July and August 2016
The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN hosted a series of engagement sessions throughout July and August to share details related to the provincial government’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care including the development of sub-regions and the original Patients First bill.
During that time the LHIN held 13 engagement sessions with more than 200 participants. This included five webinars for all interested individuals, three webinars for primary care providers including physicians, and two symposiums for health service providers and physicians. The LHIN also met with French language service providers as well as health care providers from Six Nations of the Grand River. Meetings will also be held with Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Indigenous Health Network.
Based on those extensive conversations and engagement with stakeholders and physicians, the HNHB LHIN Board endorsed six sub-regions proposed by LHIN staff at its September 28 meeting and the sub-regions – Burlington, Hamilton, Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Niagara and Niagara North West – have been forwarded to the Ministry for final approval.
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