November 2019
Ontario to Merge Health Agencies to Create a New “Super Agency”

2019-11-19 12:54:29 PM

Minister of Health Christine Elliott has announced that five of the six health agencies will move under Ontario Health, a new “super agency”, starting on December 2nd.

The five agencies transferring into Ontario Health are: Cancer Care, Health Quality, eHealth, Health Shared Services, and HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency. The remaining health agency, Trillium Gift of Life Network, will be transferred at a later date.

The existing 14 Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs) have also been reduced to five interim geographic regions that will cover an expanded area (western, eastern, central, and northern Ontario, with Toronto as a separate region). The remaining LHINs will handle administrative functions until the transition to Ontario Health and Ontario Health Teams is complete.

Nine LHIN CEOs were also let go from their positions with five re-shuffled to serve as the transitional regional leads.

Under the plan, between 30 and 50 Ontario Heath Teams will form across the province to coordinate all levels of care. Each team is expected to serve about 300,000 people in a geographic area or a specific group of patients across the province, such as children with fragile medical conditions. The government is leaving it to health-care providers (hospitals, doctors, home-care agencies, mental heath and addiction services, etc.) to create their own service models that meet provincial standards.

The government says the move will result in an estimated $250 million this year in savings and $350 million next year, with savings redirected to frontline patient care. The super agency plans to be fully operational in four years.

For more information, please see below:

Ontario Newsroom: Ontario Taking Next Steps to Integrate Health Care System

CBC News: Ontario starts merging health agencies, fires 9 LHIN executives


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