There is plenty of speculation and a lot of apprehension over the changes that are expected as a result of Ontario’s plan to create a super agency to oversee Ontario’s health system. Last week Nancy Polsinelli, commissioner of health services for the Region of Peel in a report to council outlined the changes announced by Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott regarding the superagency that is set to oversee the province’s $60-billion healthcare system.
The 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will be consolidated under Ontario Health, in addition to the following six health agencies:
• Cancer Care Ontario
• eHealth Ontario
• Trillium Gift of Life Network
• Health Shared Services
• Health Quality Ontario
• HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
Polsinelli set out to reassure councillors and residents that they won’t be negatively impacted as the province has promised a “seamless” system.
Ontario Health will create 30 to 50 health teams that will be set up in geographic regions or specific health populations. Details are few at this time.
The elimination of Central West and Mississauga Halton LHINs will impact the work done in Peel. The region’s five long-term care homes are funded they by the Central West and Mississauga Halton LHINs.
While paramedic services have not been identified in the plan for Ontario Health, Polsinelli said some of Peel’s health programs could be impacted by the province’s plan.
Peel Health provides services to more than 1.48 million residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, which is the second largest municipality in Ontario. Services include; infectious disease prevention, chronic disease prevention, adult daycare services, long-term care and paramedic services.
No one denies there needs to be more streamlining and less bureaucracy in the health care field but making any change however small can have serious consequences down the line if something goes wrong. -CINEWWS