Brampton and Etobicoke form one Ontario Health Team

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The Ontario provincial government’s plan to revamp health care is underway. The Brampton/Etobicoke and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT) is one of the first 24 teams in Ontario to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care. This announcement was made recently at Queen Square Family Health Team office in Brampton. The new OHT is expected to eventually bring together 186 local health providers.

Going forward, Ontario Health Teams will be responsible for delivering care for patients, understanding patient health-care history, directly connecting patients to the different types of care they need and providing 24-7 help in navigating the health-care system.

The Brampton/Etobicoke and Area OHT will focus on creating an integrated care hub to make it easier for patients, caregivers and providers to access health and social services, said Brampton South MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria, who made the announcement last Friday.

According to media reports, William Osler Health System has 186 members of which 144 are physicians and physician groups who collectively serve a population of close to 900,000 people within the Brampton, Bramalea, North Etobicoke, Malton and West Woodbridge regions.

William Osler Heath System currently serves 1.3 million people in Brampton, Etobicoke and the surrounding area at Brampton Civic Hospital, Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness and Etobicoke General Hospital.

The Brampton/Etobicoke and Area Ontario Health Team will begin implementing some proposed programs and services in 2020.

All this is part of a plan to create a super-agency to oversee the province’s $60 billion health-care system. The 14 local health integration networks (LHIN) would be consolidated under Ontario Health. -CINEWS

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