This is your chance (before Friday October 15) to write to the Ministry of Health with suggestions and thoughts about all of the region of northwestern Ontario (which now also includes the Cochrane district in the new plans) being "grouped" into one LOCAL Health Integration Network (LHIN). This LHIN is suppose to be able to deliver "an integrated health care system that is patient-centred and responsive to local health care needs."
Below is the Ministry of Health's invitation to participate in this consultation process. Be sure to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and recommendations before Friday, October 15. Hopefully the voice of the north will be heard about these Toronto solutions that seem to only serve their institutions, corporations and environments.
Taking Action to Improve Health Care
The provincial government is making major changes to the province's health care system so it can better meet the needs of Ontarians today, and remain sustainable for generations to come.
The government's action plan for change is anchored on a clear vision, healthy Ontarians in a healthier Ontario, and based on what matters most to Ontarians - better access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
This plan is focused on achieving the following results :
Visit this site often to find out more about how your government is delivering change.
Changing health care in Ontario to place patient care front and center will require leadership, teamwork and input from all those involved. That's why we want to hear from you. Write to us email@example.com
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
Ontario has committed to the creation of an integrated health care system that is patient-centred and responsive to local health care needs. Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) provide both the vision and the enabling structure to achieve these goals.
Local Health Integration Networks:
Building a True System
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Health Results Team is proud to provide you with the first of a series of reports about our health transformation initiatives. We will use various methods to communicate with and seek feedback from health care providers and groups about our plans and activities.
This first bulletin is intended to inform healthcare providers and Ontario citizens about the government's plans to better integrate and coordinate health services at the local level. It will inform you about how we are bringing together the planning and delivery of health care services within set geographic boundaries. We call the new system Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
The LHIN Vision
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is committed to working with our province's dedicated healthcare professionals to improve the healthcare system because Ontarians deserve the best healthcare.
This is part of our goal of transforming the healthcare system to make it more patient-centred and responsive to local needs.
LHINs are a "Made-in-Ontario" solution that engages communities in health system transformation by enhancing and supporting local capacity to plan, coordinate, integrate, and fund the delivery of health services at the community level.
LHINS are an important part of the evolution of health care from a collection of services to a true health care system.
Unlike the integrated models in place in other provinces of Canada, LHINs will not be providers of clinical services, but will coordinate service delivery. Existing provider organizations will continue to be relied upon to deliver services.
The principles guiding the LHINs' mandate and responsibilities reflect a vision for medicare reform that ensures :
We need to make better use of - at the local level - the strengths and advantages of Ontario's vast healthcare community. Despite many successful individual efforts at integration, healthcare providers still operate in an extremely complex environment, dominated by sector-specific silos. Consider that Ontario's healthcare system is comprised of :
Today, the individual Ontarian must navigate a system that has numerous unaligned programs and services, as well as conflicting and overlapping boundaries. A common set of boundaries across the system will facilitate the proper integration of healthcare services and will ease the movement of people across the continuum of care so that they get the best care, in the most appropriate setting, when they need it. Local Health Integration Networks provide both the vision and the enabling structure to achieve these goals.
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will be 14 community-based organizations with a unique mandate to plan, coordinate, integrate, manage, and fund care at the local level within their defined geographic areas.
Mapping the 14 LHINs
The 14 LHIN geographic boundaries were created to reflect local areas where people naturally seek health care.
These were determined by using evidence-based methodology in collaboration with theInstitute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). http://www.ices.on.ca/
The boundaries are permeable for patient care. People will continue to be able to choose their health care provider as they do today.
All 14 LHINs contain at least one high volume hospital.
Working with ICES, the Ministry used the following methodology to determine the Local Health Integration Network boundaries :
Step 1 :
Step 2 :
Step 3 :
Governance and Accountability
LHINs will be organizations governed by an appointed Board of Directors and bound by performance agreements with the Ministry. The Boards will be appointed by an Order-in-Council. Board members will be selected using a merit-based process, with all candidates assessed for fit between skills and abilities of the prospective appointee and the needs of each individual LHIN. The appointment process will be transparent and consistent - with clear and understandable guidelines applied consistently to all Board appointments.
Board members will be expected to possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills, and have an understanding of local health issues, needs and priorities.
It's Your Turn
Changing healthcare in Ontario to place people front and centre requires leadership and teamwork from all of us. That's why we want your involvement and input. For our part, we commit to keeping you informed of further developments, acknowledging your concerns and issues, and providing you with feedback. We have created a transformation website to keep you informed and to receive your views and input and will be using online methods to communicate with you.
At this stage, we encourage you to assist us in the planning work for LHINs that is currently underway. Look for LHIN Bulletin #2 in two weeks, which will contain the outline of an engagement process for LHIN health care providers to develop a plan for delivery of service in their geographic area.
In the meantime, we would like your feedback on the following questions :
Please send your comments on these questions firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15. We will report back on your feedback in a future bulletin.
Thank you for working with us on this important initiative. We look forward to hearing your suggestions for how we can create a better-integrated and patient-centred healthcare system together.