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A glimpse into the future of health care in Ontario

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, specifically at its Integrated Comprehensive Care (ICC) program… started as a pilot back in 2012. Known then as the “bundled care” program, it was designed to connect surgical patients with a single team of clinicians who could care for them before, during and after their operations… It has resulted in a savings of up to $4,000 per patient, a 30 per cent reduction in emergency department visits and 30 per cent reduction in hospital readmissions, a savings of more than 30,000 bed days and an increase in patient satisfaction, according to the hospital.

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Ontario government quietly ordered autism therapy providers to stop admitting kids from wait-list last September

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

The provincial government quietly ordered autism service providers last September to stop admitting new children for therapy and to keep parents in the dark about the move… Internal documents — from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and senior administrators of nine regional service providers — state that the 23,000-child wait-list for autism therapy was closed because of “financial pressures.”

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Doctors get new contract with province after 4-year battle

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

… the board ordered that the two sides strike an “appropriateness working group” to eliminate or restrict inappropriate or overused physician services — $100 million worth in 2019-20 and another $360 million worth the following year… The arbitration decision provides doctors with redress, eliminating most but not all of the fee cuts imposed by the province in recent years, effective this coming April. As well, it awards physicians with increases of 0.75 per cent for 2017; 1.25 per cent for 2018; 1 per cent for 2019; and 1 per cent for 2020.

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Toronto home-care program keeps patients out of hospital

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

6 August 2012
The Integrated Client Care Program allows seniors at risk of hospitalization to stay in their own homes as long as possible with strong support from health-care professionals and community service providers…. [It] also provides help to the oft-overlooked caregiver… With a rapidly aging population and a $15-billion deficit, the provincial government wants to see more programs like this. The Liberals called for more home visits by doctors in the last election and they hiked spending for community health services by 4 per cent in the last provincial budget.

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Family doctors should work where province decides, health conference told

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Jun 09 2012
Family doctors should no longer able to work as solo practitioners nor should they be allowed to set up shop wherever they want, a conference on health reform has been told… There are up to 1,500 family physicians working as solo practitioners in Ontario, a large portion of them in the Greater Toronto Area. Most are older and have spent decades practising this way… Solo practitioners and their patients are at a disadvantage because they have access to fewer resources… They are isolated from where all the resources are and they often look after really needy patients

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Ontario creates online donor registry

Monday, June 13th, 2011

June 13, 2011
After five years and three official recommendations, the provincial government will allow Ontarians to register as organ donors online. The website, beadonor.ca, is up and running… By making it easier for people to consent, the province hopes to increase the number of donors.

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Home-care services can’t keep up, audit finds

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Dec. 6, 2010
Auditor General Jim McCarter devoted a chapter of his annual report to home care, finding that the sector is unable to keep up with obligations in providing personal support, homemaking and therapy services. The sector doesn’t have the financial resources to meet the demand for personal support and homemaking services, the report noted. These services are often required by seniors and people discharged from hospital. And a shortage of professionals in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language therapy is resulting in waiting lists for their services

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Province needs to find millions in health-care savings

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

October 6, 2010
The head of the Ontario Hospital Association… [Tom Closson] said because Ontario is facing continued “economic distress,” tough, even politically unpopular, decisions must be made when it comes to health-care funding, which now totals $46 billion annually and eats up more than 40 per cent of all provincial program spending. “What we need now is courage, courage to both create a game plan and courage to act,”… “I believe that the quality of care can be improved even though we are in a lasting era of belt-tightening,” he said.

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Ontario scientists launch “largest health study in the world”

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

September 29, 2010
Provincial researchers have launched what is expected to become the largest health study on chronic diseases in the world and are hoping up to three million Ontarians will voluntarily participate. The Ontario Health Study will follow adults through the rest of their lives and produce findings that will help researchers understand the complex web of factors that increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s and other common diseases.

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Province considers overhauling wound-care treatment

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

August 9, 2010
… budget pressures and the exploding diabetes epidemic are forcing Ontario health-care providers to rethink the way these services are provided… patients… could be better served at a lower price, by coordinating services and paying for products that cost more upfront but help speed healing… At the same time, the quality of care could be vastly improved… Dr. Brian Golden, chair of Rotman’s health sector strategy, says the traditional way of offering this kind of home care has served neither patients nor taxpayers well.

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