Health News For Toronto Central


Monday, May 07, 2018
Baycrest
Expanded Primary Health Care Team Coming to Englemount-Lawrence and Forest Hill North

Ontario Investing in More Primary Care, Nurses, Mental Health Across the Province


Ontario is providing more people with better access to high-quality health care closer to home, with an expanded team of health care professionals coming to the neighbourhoods of Englemount-Lawrence and Forest Hill North.


The expanded North Toronto Sub-Region Interprofessional Primary Care Team, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, will connect people in the Englemount-Lawrence and Forest Hill North neighbourhoods with a range of health care professionals to address a broad variety of healthcare needs, including mental health and chronic disease management.
Team-based health care clinics help empower patients and their families and encourage them to be active participants in living healthy lives. Ontario is creating new and expanded primary care programs and services in order to respond to the health and social service needs of communities across the province, including Franco-Ontarians, newcomers, and seniors.



Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.

 

QUOTES


"Our government is committed to ensuring everyone in Ontario has access to high-quality primary care, closer to home. The support of interprofessional primary care teams in the community is an important and significant step toward achieving this goal."

- Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


"The expansion of the North Toronto Sub-Region Interprofessional Primary Care Team is great news for patients and their families in our local community who will have more access to coordinated and comprehensive care."
– Mike Colle, MPP Eglinton-Lawrence
 

"The health care needs of our aging population are complex and growing. With the help of our provincial government and the Toronto Central LHIN, Baycrest, along with our system partners, will be able to provide improved access to care for local populations. Baycrest welcomes the opportunity to be the lead organization for the Interprofessional Primary Care Team (IPCT) network in the Englemount-Lawrence community and to increase the capacity of the services we provide to those who need them most."

- Dr. William E. Reichman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baycrest Health Sciences


"Interprofessional primary care teams are a proven model that has already been very successful in the Toronto Central LHIN providing timely access to integrated care, often serving the most vulnerable patients. The addition of more teams will only continue this trend and make it easier for many more Torontonians to access high quality primary care closer to home."

- Susan Fitzpatrick, CEO, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network



QUICK FACTS

  • Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network will receive $920,700 in 2018-19 annualized base funding for the North Toronto Sub-Region Interprofessional Primary Care Team, as part of Ontario’s commitment to expand access to interprofessional primary care across the province.
  • In the 2017 Budget, the province made a commitment of $15.5 million for 2017-18 and an additional 27.8 million in 2018-19 to create and expand interprofessional primary care teams (Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, Community Health Centres) focusing on areas with the greatest needs.
  • Ontario has also committed $329.2 million over five years to recruit and retain interprofessional primary care professionals.
  • There are currently 294 interprofessional care teams across Ontario delivering care to more than four million people.
  • The province is providing $23 million per year over three years to improve care coordination for complex patients through the Health Links initiative.



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