One of Ontario’s first Ontario Health Teams (OHT) will bring a local perspective to health-care planning, putting patients and physicians needs in Dufferin-Caledon at the forefront and be much more reactive to local residents and providers’ needs.
At the forefront of that pledge is a group of patient and family advisers that add those needs and wants to the discussion in health-care planning, and in this system, are empowered as much as the leaders and directors who historically put the needs into action.
“My primary role is to bring the patient’s perspective to any discussion that I’m involved in,” said Bob Borden, an Orangeville resident and patient and family adviser who sits at the roundtable with the various partners of the Hills of Headwaters Collaborative, the OHT that now represents Dufferin-Caledon.
“The biggest benefit from a patient’s standpoint is that no longer will decisions about our health-care system be made at Queen’s Park. We are putting into place an organization that will make the decisions around policies, procedures, financing, support, allocation of resources, all within the context of Dufferin-Caledon, based on identified needs by providers, physicians, health-care providers but also patients and families themselves.”
In February of 2019, the Ontario government announced that 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and would become five regions. On the ground, OHTs would be created, seeing local health-care providers in designated areas come together as roundtable teams to discuss, plan and implement local health care.