Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces the new Elgin Ontario Health TeamPublished on September 17, 2021
ELGIN COUNTY — Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announces the new Elgin Ontario Health Team. The provincial government will provide up to $1.1 million in one-time funding over the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fiscal years to this new team to support its efforts to seamlessly coordinate health care services for patients and ensure the local health care system can respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
“The establishment of the Elgin OHT will improve the patient experience and better coordinate care in the context of rural communities where access and connectivity is often a barrier,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP. “I look forward to working with and supporting the Team in the coming years.”
Ontario Health Teams are part of a new approach to health care that brings together health care providers as one collaborative team. Working together, they ensure that patients experience easier transitions with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan that is shared between the health care providers. With the addition of these new teams, the province now has a total of 50 Ontario Health Teams which will cover 92 per cent of the province's population at maturity.
Thanks to these efforts to better coordinate care and share resources, Ontario Health Teams have been able to respond more quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working across the entire continuum of care, teams have supported a suite of initiatives that include leading local vaccine rollouts, supporting long-term care homes and other congregate care settings, distributing personal protective equipment, staffing assessment centres and leveraging virtual care. In particular, many teams have helped to address the unique needs of underserved communities by accelerating community outreach efforts and co-designing targeted health interventions.
- An Ontario Health Team is responsible for delivering care for their patients, understanding their health care history, easing their transition from one provider to another, directly connecting them to different types of care and providing 24/7 help in navigating the health care system.
- Ontario Health Teams include providers and organizations from across health and community sectors, including primary care, hospitals, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, long-term care, and many others.
- The province will provide a total of up to $9 million in funding over the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fiscal years to support the eight new Ontario teams in their efforts to seamlessly coordinate health care services for patients and ensure the province’s health care system can respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Ontario will invest more than $35 million to support teams in fiscal year 2021-2022.
- Under an Ontario Health Team, Ontarians can be confident that they can continue to contact their health care providers as they always have, to access the health care they need. The Ontario government will continue working with its health care partners until Ontario Health Teams are fully established across the province and everyone is supported by a team.
- To help ensure all Ontarians receive the high-quality care they deserve with respect and dignity, the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council has amended the Patient, Family and Caregiver Declaration of Values for Ontario to update patient, family and caregiver expectations of Ontario’s health care system. The changes emphasize the importance of equal and fair access to health care services and identification and removal of systemic barriers that contribute to inequitable health care access and outcomes.