The Ontario Primary Care Council (OPCC) is a partnership of six provincial associations that represent primary care providers in this province. The founding members are:
A growing unity of purpose within the Council provides government and other stakeholders with an unprecedented opportunity to gather expert advice on how to strengthen primary care. For the first time ever primary care associations are developing common positions on how primary care can be strengthened.
To improve population health, deliver people-centred services and strengthen our publicly funded health system, Ontario must create a stronger foundation for the delivery of primary care in this province.
This principle is based on a large volume of evidence which demonstrates investment in primary care is associated with improved system quality, equity and efficiency.
This document provides an overarching framework as to how the Council envisions the delivery of primary health care evolving and improving in the province of Ontario. It sets out major directions for change – changes that will significantly alter the status quo of primary care delivery in Ontario, but changes which can be phased in using an evolutionary approach over a five to ten year time period. As evolution of primary care in Ontario continues, Council members will work in an aspirational way with provincial decision makers to ensure Ontario implements the enablers and moves closer to the goals identified in the document.
The Ontario Primary Care Council asserts the role of primary care providers to lead care co-ordination. Primary care providers work to ensure access to interprofessional care for patients and identify a single point of contact to help patients and families navigate and access programs and services. The OPCC believes care co-ordination requires recognition, dedicated funding and leadership support through training and education.
The Council’s joint response makes recommendations on a number of key areas: Ministry stewardship and LHIN mandate; access to interprofessional team; embedding care co-ordination in primary care; interface between primary care, mental health and addictions; clinical leadership; governance, performance and accountability; and data and information management. This joint response was submitted to the Minister on March 24, 2016. It follows the initial feedback submitted on January 22, 2016, in response to the Minister’s December 17 Patients First proposal.