21st Century Approach to Health Care Fundamental to a Stronger OntarioFebruary 26, 2019
(Toronto, February 26, 2019) – Today, Ashley Challinor, Vice President, Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s new long-term health care plan.
“The OCC welcomes the government’s commitment to publicly funded health care, as it is both an economic driver and a competitive advantage for our province. We have long called on the government to transform the Ontario health care system through streamlined administration and improved use of digital tools. However, we are concerned that a single health agency will be unable to meet the distinct regional needs of the province, particularly for patients in rural, remote, and Northern communities. We also encourage the government to work closely with local agencies during the transition to ensure that effective programs and best practices are maintained, scaled and shared.”
Integrated Health Care Teams
“The OCC supports the notion of Ontario Health Teams and other forms of integrated care. These teams will ensure a co-ordinated, accountable approach that supports patients and improves collaboration between their providers.”
Digital Health Care
“Innovation is the best way to both save money and improve patient outcomes within the health care system. We welcome the government’s commitment to a 21st century approach to health care. Prioritizing access to digital health tools, particularly patient health records, will support integrated care solutions. We encourage the government to focus on removing barriers that prevent innovation in the procurement and delivery of digital care.”
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For more information please contact:
Ceara Copps – Edwards
Senior Communications Advisor
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.