The Rural and Northern Health Care Panel has submitted its report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The report contains 12 recommendations for the ministry to consider in developing a rural and northern health care framework.
The 14-member Panel represents a broad range of stakeholders and health care professionals who have experience working in rural and northern areas of Ontario. The Panel members extensively reviewed documents and studies and interviewed key stakeholders in forming the recommendations.
As part of stage two for the development of a rural and northern health care framework, the government wants to hear from the public. We will be engaging in a series of public regional round table discussions across Ontario and online consultations beginning in January. Specific details on how you can participate will be available in early January.
"I thank the panel and everyone who contributed to the report for all their hard work. The report includes great themes that will shape our discussion on rural and northern health care. Our government recognizes that rural and northern health care faces unique challenges and providing access to health care for every Ontarian remains a top priority. I'm looking forward to more input from the public as consultations get underway in the New Year."
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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