A new health care model being introduced across Muskoka this morning, said to better connect patients with service providers.
Parry Sound – Muskoka MPP Norm Miller was in Bracebridge on behalf of Health Minister Christine Elliott this morning to announce the establishment of the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team, a new model of organizing and delivering health care. This marks one of the first 24 teams the province expects to implement across Ontario.
“This is an exciting time for health care in Ontario as we finally break down the long-standing barriers that have prevented care providers from working directly with each other to support patients throughout their health care journey,” said Elliott. “Together with our health care partners, the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will play an essential role in delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care and building a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients.”
The model expects to integrate services under a collaborative partnership, designed to be “uniquely Muskoka” according to a statement from the province. Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith expressed appreciation for the new model on social media.
Very pleased that the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team is has been approved. Patient centred care will mean better outcomes and a more responsive system. Local work on the MAHST project laid the groundwork for this opportunity announced by @normmillerpc this morning. pic.twitter.com/QGSD5Wzcj5— Mayor Graydon Smith (@GraydonTheMayor) December 6, 2019
The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will begin implementing some of their proposed programs and services in 2020 and will continue to communicate with patients and families about the changes and improvements they can expect in their community.