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Ontario Overhauls Health-Care System With New 'Super Agency'

Ontario Overhauls Health-Care System With New 'Super Agency'

The six agencies slated to close employ a total of more than 2,500 people, almost 1,000 of whom work for Cancer Care Ontario, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Tijana Martin/CANADIAN PRESSOntario Health Minister Christine Elliott meets patients at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare before making an announcement in Toronto on February 26, 2019.

Advancement of digital first approaches to health care, such as virtual care, and improving the integration and efficiency of digital health assets across the entire health system, which would support more evidence-based advice on delivering health services and clinical care.

But the changes had some supporters in the health care sector, including the associations representing the province's doctors, registered nurses and hospitals. "Right now, care is fragmented, particularly at transition points, for example, from hospital to home care... and for health care providers, they are each paid out of different funding envelopes and are discouraged from working together in teams". I think it has to be sustainable and society, we've got to make it that.

"We don't want anyone to lose their jobs, because what they [nurses] do is desperately needed in our system", Ms. McKenna said. Nothing is going to change that way.

Closer to home, high Sault Area Hospital occupancy levels, often prompting the facility to operate at more than 100 per cent capacity, are the result of swelling numbers of alternate-level-of-care patients, the largest proportion of whom are awaiting long-term-care beds.

Ms. Elliott, who rebuffed repeated questions about layoffs, said that care co-ordinators would not lose their jobs.

"This unsafe Ford government reboot of our public health system must be stopped before patient care and safety fall victim to the gaps, holes, and pitfalls this massive overhaul will create", said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn.

At the time, Elliott said the bill was "just a draft" and that the NDP were "fear mongering" when it came to concerns they raised about potential privatization of services.

Ontario now has a large network of provincial and regional agencies, clinical oversight bodies and 1,800 health service provider organizations.

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The government intends to introduce legislation on the health system overhaul by Tuesday afternoon.

The new policy is "not prescriptive on governance" for the teams that are to emerge, but the minister can set criteria for providers and transfer assets to the new agency, the officials said.

"One in six hospital beds are occupied by someone who needs to be in long-term care or at home or assisted living, " he said.

Health care workers are mobilizing.

Patients would have help in navigating the public health care system 24/7.

He saw similar problems in other provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia, where the pendulum has swung between local and centralized health-care delivery without clear improvements in patient care.

Health-care restructuring has a mixed record in Canada, and some experts warn that disruptive mergers can be more trouble than they're worth.

Background materials from the government said that Ontario Health would eliminate "duplicative back office infrastructure and administration". "We continue to have surge pressures and we continue to have inflationary pressures", she said of QHC. "It's a system wildly out of balance".

"The Doug Ford government has been cooking up a secret overhaul to health care services behind closed doors, in backrooms", Sarah Singh, deputy leader of the NDP, told Global News in a statement.

Care providers will also benefit from the expansion of digital tools, enabling them to more quickly and comprehensively access the information they need, such as specialist advice and clinical supports.