Proposed in the government’s new legislation are closer links between different parts of the health care system that will improve client experiences and outcomes, and by improving efficiency, allow more funding to be directed to providing care. Increased emphasis on the importance of population health and health equity ensures that all Ontarians receive the care they need and deserve.
OCSA members have deep knowledge of the needs of their clients and their communities, and a history of providing innovative, high-quality and cost-effective care. In order to make the vision of the Patients First Act a reality, they must be fully consulted and included. Throughout the consultation process, OCSA provided feedback and recommendations on the bill, and we thank the province for hearing our concerns and committing to addressing them. To that end, we look forward to partnering to develop regulations and policy guidelines addressing the gaps we have identified.
The passage of the bill is an important step towards strengthening the health care system, and towards our mutual goal of providing high-quality, personalized care which allows Ontarians to live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.