Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

On December 17, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines significant structural changes to the health system.

The discussion paper focuses on four interconnected and overarching themes that will inform ministry policy and program decisions moving forward.

Patients First - A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

1.   More effective integration of services and greater equity.

2.   Timely access to primary care, and seamless links between primary care and other services.

3.   More consistent and accessible home and community care.

4.   Stronger links between population and public health and other health services.

Recognizing that, if implemented, these changes will affect the delivery of health care for all Ontarians, the Ministry is seeking public input. In addition to directly engaging with stakeholders including providers, patients and caregivers, the Ministry has asked the LHINs to engage health system users at the local level to collect feedback on the ideas presented and how to make LHINs and our health care system more integrated, accessible and better for patients.

Feedback Received

As part of the consultation process, the HNHB LHIN received feedback, which was shared with the Ministry, from more than 1,270 citizens, health service providers and stakeholders. For an overview of the LHIN's engagement activities and feedback, read the presentation to the Board

The HNHB LHIN collected feedback in many ways, including:

  • Four website questionnaires available from January 11-February 19, 2016
  • Seven webinars (five public and two geared to long-term care home staff and medical directors)
  • Physician consultations (Click here for feedback from the Hamilton Academy of Medicine consultation, see document below for others).
  • Health Links consultations
  • Stakeholder meetings
    • CLICK HERE for feedback from the webinars, physician and Health Links consultations, and stakeholder meetings. 

The LHIN also received written submissions from various organizations, including:

If you attended an engagement session or webinar please complete an evaluation form to share your thoughts on the session – your feedback will help us to improve our processes going forward.

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Thank you

Your feedback, comments and insights regarding Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario are important and we appreciate your participation in the consultation phase. We will continue to update this page as we receive new or updated information including next steps from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.