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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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For Immediate Release
September 24, 2021

MPP Walker announces new Grey-Bruce Ontario Health Team

OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced the creation of the new Grey-Bruce Ontario Health Team.

“This is part of our government’s plan to end hallway health care and build an integrated health care system centred on the needs of patients,” said Walker. “I’m pleased to see up to $1.1 million in one-time funding for the next two years included with this announcement. This funding is critical as our local OHT continues to develop partnerships for the delivery of integrated and coordinated services.”

The Bruce-Grey Ontario Health Team is one of eight new Ontario Health Teams located across the province that the Ontario government recently announced.

“The OHT will improve the journey for patients, clients and residents as they navigate the health care system here in Grey Bruce.  Although people often express satisfaction with their experience with individual health care organizations, we also know that people experience challenges as they transition between different organizations” said Grey Bruce Ontario Health Team (OHT) Planning Committee Co-Chairs Alex Hector and Michael Barrett.  “We are very pleased with the Ministry of Health announcement of the approval of the Grey Bruce OHT which will ensure that people will experience a better coordinated and integrated health care system in Grey Bruce.”

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.

"Throughout the pandemic, Ontario Health Teams have been an essential part of the province’s COVID-19 response, working quickly across all partners to support each other and protect the health and safety of Ontarians,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These new eight teams will build on the progress made to date by improving outcomes for even more patients and making it easier for Ontarians to navigate their health care journey during COVID-19 and in the future.”

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.

To support the Grey-Bruce OHT, the government is providing up to $1.1 million in one-time funding for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 to support the team’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinate and integrate programs that strengthen health system capacity by linking hospitals, primary care, home care and community services, and other services. This represents an investment of up to $9 million.

  • 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. 

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