Ministry Reports

Provincial Group on Laboratory Reform

Facilitated by : S. John Page and Barbara Kornovski
Submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
June 29, 2000


Introduction

We were asked by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the "Ministry") to facilitate a process whereby the Ministry and representatives of three stakeholder organizations: the Ontario Medical Association ("OMA"), the Ontario Hospital Association ("OHA"), and the Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories ("OAML"), would meet over a period of five days to provide advice to the Ministry on issues relating to the reform and improvement of laboratory services in the Province of Ontario.

In this report, the OMA, OHA and OAML are collectively referred to as the "Stakeholders". The use of the term "Providers" includes hospital, community laboratories, and physicians in their role as providers of laboratory medicine services to patients in a region or regions.

The purpose of the facilitation process was expressly described by the Ministry in Terms of Reference setting up the consultation as follows:

"... the establishment of a time-limited, facilitated process with representation from key associations and the Ministry. This process aims to build on the current planning by the OAML, OHA and OMA, and feedback received following the closure of the RFPs in two regions of Ontario."

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June 2000

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