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2014
April Strengthening Home and Community Care
April Minister's Statement on Appropriate Prescribing in Long-Term Care Homes
March Minister Matthews' Letter to Provincial and Territorial Colleagues to Preserve the Integrity of the Voluntary Blood and Plasma Donation System
March Paramedicine in Ontario: Advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for Consideration of the Application for the Regulation of Paramedics under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
January H5N1 Flu Virus Fact Sheet
2013
September September 23-28, 2013 is Environmental Public Health Week
July Important News Regarding Long-Term Care Home Co-payment Rates
July List of LTC Homes and rates charged for preferred accommodation
April Avian Influenza A (H7N9)
March When Antibiotics Stop Working  [PDF]
March A letter from Minister Matthews to the Government of Canada  [PDF]
2012
December A letter from Minister Matthews to the Government of Canada  [PDF]
November Better Care for Ontario’s Children with Electronic Lab Results (eHealth Ontario)  [PDF]
Backgrounder : eHealth Ontario’s Recent Accomplishments  [PDF]
November Generic Oxycodone Controlled-Release Tablets
September Mandate of the September 24-29, 2012 is Environmental Public Health Week
July Expert Panel on Appropriate Utilization of Diagnostic and Imaging Studies
July Communiqué to Emergency Department Chiefs, Hospital Chief Executive Officers & Chiefs of Staff
2012 Summer Initiative For Emergency Departments
July A letter from Minister Matthews to the Government of Canada
RE : Request that Generic Oxycodone Controlled-Release Tablets Not Be Approved for Sale in Canada
June A letter from Minister Matthews to the Government of Canada
RE : health coverage for refugee claimants
June Important News Regarding Long-Term Care Home Co-payment Rates
May Ontario Protecting Quality In Long-Term Care Homes
May Opioid Advice
May Progress On OxyContin Partnership Strategy
April Update On OxyContin Partnership Strategy
March Supervisor Appointed For College of Denturists of Ontario
March Ministry Update On Status Of Health System Drug Supply
March Minister Matthews' Statement on OxyContin Abuse
March Minister Matthews’ Statement On Sandoz Drug Supply
2011
December Hospital Investment
December Application For Central Equipment Pool (CEP) for High Technology Wheelchairs
July Moving Forward with Electronic Health Records
June Canada Post Disruption - updated June 21 - Public Information
June Canada Post Disruption - updated June 21 - Health Care Professionals
June E. Coli Outbreak In Europe
June Bulletin: Important News Regarding Long-Term Care Home Co payment Rates [PDF]
May Summer Initiatives for Emergency Departments [PDF]
May Proposed Evidence-Based Changes To OHIP
April Health Quality Ontario to Promote Evidence-Based Health Care
April Drinking Water Fluoridation - Statement From Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health
April Ontario Making Changes To OHIP Coverage
March Moving Forward with Electronic Health Records
February Ontario Appoints New Chair of the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC)
February Proposed Evidence Based Changes For OHIP
February Plans For Grace Village Windsor LTC Being Reviewed
February Rescheduled Date For Rural and Northern Health Consultation In Petrolia
January Compassionate Review Drug Policy Expanded
2010
December Mental Health And Addictions Report Released
December Ensuring Active Role For Francophones In Health Services
December Public Consultation Planned for Rural and Northern Health Care
December The Primary Care Access Survey
November Ontario Changing OHIP Coverage For Vitamin D Testing
November An Important Notice Regarding Your Personal Health
October Giving Kids Healthy Smiles
September Improving ER Services In Rural And Northern Ontario
September On the Safety of Wi-Fi - Statement from Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health
August Ontario Appoints Registrar of Transitional Council of New Naturopathy Regulatory College
July Health Minister Seeks Input on the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Hospitals
June Transitional Council of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario Hires Registrar
January Important Information for Canadians Returning to Ontario from Haiti
January January 18 – 23 is Environmental Public Health Week
January 2010/11 Application for Elderly Persons Centre (EPC) Funding
2009
December Foodborne Diseases Investigation and Management : An Ontario Symposium
October Ontario Appoints Four New Health Regulatory Councils
October Rural and Northern Health Care Panel
September Minister Considering Seeking Approval of Certain Regulation Proposals to Improve Access to Care for Ontarians
August Interim Officer Announced for Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
July Notice of Changes to Regulations to Strengthen Home Care Services in Ontario
June Ontario is appointing Registrars of the transitional Councils for two new health regulatory Colleges
January Fair Notice : An important change in how organ and tissue donation decisions are registered in Ontario
2008
December Public Notice : Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Public Health Laboratories
December Public Notice : Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene
November Application for Elderly Persons Centre (EPC) Funding
November E. Coli : What you should know
August Listeria  : What you should know
May A Guide to Bidding and Supplementary Conditions for Health Care Projects
April 2008/09 Hospital Funding Increase Summary - $295 Million  [PDF]
March Fourth Quarter Investments
February Call for Applications : 2008/2009 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
January Health and Long-Term Care Minister welcomes first baby born at Brampton Civic Hospital in 2008
2007
December Ontario's Wait Time Information System Receives Awards
August McGuinty government engages an impartial facilitator to review staffing and care standards for LTC homes
July Ministry introduces Innovation Fund to Advance Research Into Value of Medicines
June Important News Regarding Long-Term Care Home Co-payment Rates
May Building Capacity to Prevent and Control C. Difficile
March Improving End-of-Life Care in the Community
February Celebrating Innovations in Health Care - Expo 2007
January Ontario's Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
2006
December Letter from Dr. Sheela Basrur to Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman
September Health Week in Ontario
September Government Accepting Applications to Support Team Approach to Practice for Health Professionals
July Canadians Returning from Lebanon : Health Care and Social Service Options
June Health System Strategic Plan : Minister Smitherman's June 29, 2006 letter to LHIN Chairs and CEOs
May Immunization and Health Information : Travellers in Earthquake-Affected Areas in Indonesia
April Ontario Drug Program Estimates - 2005/06 vs. 2006/07
March Whitby Psychiatric Hospital – Public Notice
February Safe Water Program : Public Spas Questions and Answers
January Celebrating Innovations in Health Care - Expo 2006
January The Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act
2005
December Call for Proposals : Managing Aggressive Behaviours in Seniors in Various States of Care
November Salmonella Outbreak in Ontario
November Smoke-Free Ontario : Regulation Development
June Important News Regarding Long-Term Care Home Accommodation Rates
June West Nile virus
March Ontario Health Quality Council
March 2005-2006 SARS Memorial Fund for Infection Control Practitioners
March Update on Physician Services in Ontario
March Backgrounders : Improving Access to Medical Equipment  [PDF]
February Backgrounders : Access to Modern Diagnostic and Medical Equipment
February Backgrounders : Wait Times Strategy for MRI, CT, Cancer And Cardiac Procedures
January McGuinty Government Invests in Transition Strategy for Ontario Hospitals
January Travel Advice and Information about Tsunami Relief Aid
2004
December The Smoke-Free Ontario Act
December Information for Health Care Providers : Malaria in the Dominican Republic
November Update on Physician Services in Ontario
October Ontario Health Premium
October We want to hear from you about long-term care
October Notice : Important Information for Registered Nurses in the Extended Class
October McGuinty Government Improving Care at Long-Term Care Homes
July Enhancing Care in the Community
July Strengthening Home Care Services
July Expansion of the Publicly-Funded Immunization Program
May Health Information Protection Act, 2004
May West Nile virus
March Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act, 2004
2003
September Ontario Women's Health Council - Women's Health Excerpt of Hospital Report
August Aylmer Meat Packaging Recall
July West Nile virus (WNv)
June Invitation for Written Submissions for Health Indicator Review
June Questions and Answers About Monkeypox
May Long-Term Care Resident Co-Payment 2003
May SARS : Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
February Heart Health
January Reviewing OHIP Claims
January Doctors and Nurses
January Norwalk Virus
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