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: