A high-performing health system features integrated models of care with smooth transitions for patients between care received in hospital, at home, or in community settings. Several models have shown promising results in Ontario communities. With bundled care, for example, a single health care provider is responsible for managing the patient’s complete care journey from start to finish, both inside and outside of hospital. Rural health hubs link all parts of the health care system in a given region, allowing them to share resources and staff to provide high-quality and cost-effective care. Digital health uses information technology or electronic tools to deliver health care services or facilitate better health. These models have been shown to improve care and encourage collaboration among health care providers, and are an important part of ending hallway health care.
Now is the time for Ontario to build on the success of these models and expand them across the province. But to do that we need government’s help.
To keep up with the needs of our growing and aging population, protect access to front-line hospital care and avoid decreases in services or staff, our hospitals need a funding increase of 3.45% this year. But long-term, to better meet the needs of our growing and aging population, we need to expand proven innovative models of care that link hospital, home, community and mental health services across a continuum of care to ensure all Ontarians have access to the the care they need, when and where they need it.