Advocating for Better Care

Primary care teams are the key to sustainability of the health system

With a strong primary care as the foundation, the effectiveness and efficiency of the Ontario health system can be fully realized. Timely access to care gives patients a better experience of care coordination and supports improved management of chronic conditions. As proven in other countries, over time this investment in primary care can lead to better health for Ontarians and better value for the health system.

To improve outcomes and deliver cost savings, Ontario must:

  • EXPAND ACCESS: Expanding access to interprofessional comprehensive primary care to all Ontarians must be done as soon as possible. (Three of every four Ontarians do not yet have access to the benefits of this type of care.)
  • ENHANCE VALUE: Enhancing team capacity to track quality, access and total cost of care for their patients will improve program sustainability and value, enable quality improvement, and further demonstrate the benefit of primary care teams to overall population health and the health system.
  • ENABLE RECRUITING: Ensuring primary care teams have the funding capacity to recruit and retain skilled professionals is essential to providing high-quality comprehensive family care.

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