AFHTO Policy Positions

Primary care teams in a population-based health system

Population-based primary care is about effective management of the health of defined groups of people. It ensures all within this group are attached to a regular primary care provider and can access the appropriate care when they need it.

The province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care convened an Expert Advisory Committee to recommend how to ensure access to appropriate care for all Ontarians. Their report Patient Care Groups: A new model of population based primary health care for Ontario, was released on October 15, 2015.

Two hundred leaders from AFHTO-member organizations convened shortly thereafter to look into the role for primary care teams in a population-based health system. This included examination of the functions that would need to be further developed and strengthened in such a system. The key messages from this session:

  • Family Health Teams (FHTs) and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) have the leadership, dedication and a fundamental commitment to the well-being of their patients. They are willing to:
    • Step up to play their part in building a primary care system that understands and meets the needs of our patients and communities.
    • Stand up and be counted – using measurement to demonstrate their value and improve on it.
    • Build on the relationships they have been developing with other teams, other providers, and their LHINs.

Click to read AFHTO’s response to the Expert Advisory Committee’s recommendations.