Strengthening Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

On December 7, 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.

News Release: Ontario Passes Legislation that Delivers Better Health Care for Families

Backgrounder: Patients First Legislation Backgrounder

Sub-Region Information: Sub-Regions - Bringing local closer to home Tag with word New in white and red background

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.

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 sought public input. In addition to directly engaging with stakeholders including providers, patients and caregivers, the Ministry asked the LHINs to engage local health system users and providers.  The intent was to collect feedback on the ideas presented, and how to make LHINs and the health care system more integrated, accessible and better for patients.

Feedback Received

As part of the consultation process, the NSM LHIN shared with the Ministry feedback from citizens, health service providers and stakeholders. For an overview of the LHIN's engagement activities and feedback, read the consultation summary reports below. 

The NSM LHIN collected feedback in many ways, including:

  • Two website surveys available from January 11-February 19, 2016
    • Public - English and French
    • Health Service Providers - English and French
  • Physician consultations 
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Individual organization / collaborative submissions

NSM Engagement Summaries

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.