TORONTO, April 29, 2022 /CNW/ – On behalf of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO) members across the province, AFHTO welcomes investments in home care, mental health care and health human resources in the 2022 Ontario Budget, from Ontario Plan to build.
The investments will help strengthen the critical areas of home care and mental health care in our health system and expand access to care. AFHTO also recognizes that the government understands the need to invest in the health workforce, while developing the health human resource workforce of the future, especially in underserved communities. served. However, primary and community care challenges remain significant given lower funding and salary limits. AFHTO continues to urge Ontario government to expand access and funding for team-based primary care to provide comprehensive care to Ontarians.
“Home care and mental health need substantial rebuilding, and we commend the government for these investments,” said Kavita Mehta, Managing Director, AFHTO. “But seniors managing multiple illnesses and medications, people with mental health issues, and parents caring for children with chronic illnesses need an integrated primary care team that can work hand in hand. hand with patients to provide comprehensive and coordinated care. It’s time to make sure every Ontarian who needs it has access to team-based primary care. »
Only one in four Ontarians has access to team-based primary care, which provides faster access to care, better coordination of care and savings for the health care system. An investment in team-based primary care – something the government has not committed to in recent years – is an investment in better care for the elderly, improved access to mental health care and in improving health outcomes.
AFHTO calls on the government to invest an additional budget $75 million per year for the next 10 years in team-based primary care. The healthcare system is complex, each patient’s needs are unique and a team approach meets those needs. Without access to team-based primary care when needed, too many people fall through the cracks, negatively impacting their health and increasing costs to our healthcare system.
“Evidence shows that it can cost the province three times as much to care for a patient who does not have access to high-quality, team-based care. Yet only one in four Ontarians has access to an interprofessional care team,” said Clarys Tirel, Chairman and President, AFHTO. “Interprofessional primary care teams are there for the populations that need the most support – no matter where they live – such as seniors, people struggling with mental health issues and people with chronic illnesses. When it comes to better access to care, we need more investment in team-based primary care.
Along with our primary and community care partners, AFHTO will continue to work with the Ontario government and all political parties in the run-up to the 2022 Ontario election, to ensure that our health care system provides access to team-based primary care for everyone who needs it.
SOURCE The Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario
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