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

Patients First logoOn 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.

  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.

ESC LHIN Community Engagement

The following report summarizes the Erie St. Clair LHINs’ (ESC LHIN) key finding from 6 weeks of community engagement. The ESC LHIN spoke directly with over 300 people in the community and received over 130 completed surveys. The ESC LHIN engaged with a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • Health service providers
  • Primary care providers
  • Elected officials
  • Public health
  • Indigenous communities
  • Francophone communities
  • Members of the public
  • Other partner organizations

Click here to download the Erie St. Clair LHIN Community Engagement Roll-Up Report


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