Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

On December 17, 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines significant structural changes to the health system.

The discussion paper focuses on four interconnected and overarching themes that will inform ministry policy and program decisions moving forward.

Patients First - A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

1.   More effective integration of services and greater equity.

2.   Timely access to primary care, and seamless links between primary care and other services.

3.   More consistent and accessible home and community care.

4.   Stronger links between population and public health and other health services.

Recognizing that, if implemented, these changes will affect the delivery of health care for all Ontarians, the Ministry is seeking public input. In addition to directly engaging with stakeholders including providers, patients and caregivers, the Ministry has asked the LHINs to engage health system users at the local level to collect feedback on the ideas presented and how to make LHINs and our health care system more integrated, accessible and better for patients.


Opportunities to provide feedback 

We encourage you to click here to review the discussion paper, and provide input to the proposal by sending your feedback to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at by 5 p.m. on February 29, 2016.

The Central LHIN hosted a series of engagement sessions in February (see the schedule below). These engagement sessions were open to health service providers and members of the public and reviewed the proposed changes and provided opportunities for feedback and comments. 

Patients First Engagement Session Schedule - General Public

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Black Creek Community Health Centre, 1 York Gate Blvd, North York
4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 

Markham Welcome Centre, 8400 Woodbine Ave, Suite 102-103, Markham
10:00-11:30 am

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Central LHIN, 60 Renfrew Drive, Suite 300, Markham
2:00-4:00 pm
*This consultation will be conducted in French / Cette consultation sera menée en français

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 
Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall, Hall 4, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket
2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - Webinar
12:00-1:00 pm
How to connect on Feb. 16:
Click on link above, choose "Enter as Guest" option
Teleconference: 1-866-596-5280 / 416-406-5763 | Participant Code: 8062078#

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Georgina Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, 21071 Dalton Rd, Sutton
12:00-1:30 pm
*This consultation is intended for Indigenous residents