Government & policy
New Family Health Teams announced in
TORONTO – Ontario
is creating 19 new Family Health Teams across the province to provide
better access to family healthcare.
The new Family Health Teams will be established in areas of the province
with high numbers of patients without family doctors. Family Health
Teams provide better access to care closer to home and include
physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and
dieticians. The teams also help reduce emergency department use by
providing non-emergency care.
The 19 new Family Health Teams are expected to be up and running by
“The addition of 19 new Family Health Teams means thousands of patients
across Ontario will not only have access to a doctor, but also to a team
of healthcare professionals working collaboratively that can provide a
more comprehensive level of care,” said Dr. Suzanne Strasberg
(pictured), President of the OMA.
Ontario’s 150 existing teams have already enrolled more than 318,000
patients who did not have access to a family physician, and are
providing care to more than two million people.
The province will establish 50 new Family Health Teams and 25 new Nurse
Practitioner-led Clinics over the next three years.
Ontario recently announced eight additional Nurse Practitioner-led
Over 1,260 allied health professionals have been hired to work at the
existing 150 Family Health Teams.
Ontarians without a family healthcare provider can register with
Healthcare Connect, a program that helps people find a family healthcare
provider in their community.
“No matter where they live, all Ontario families deserve access to
quality healthcare. Family Health Teams are a wonderful addition to
communities in need, and I’m proud that these 19 new teams will increase
access to family healthcare for more Ontarians,” said Deb Matthews,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Posted Jan. 14, 2010