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Ontario Releases Expert Panel Report on Public Health

Minister's Panel Advises on Best Model for Public Health in Ontario

July 20, 2017

Ontario is releasing Public Health Within an Integrated Health System, a report from the Minister’s Expert Panel on Public Health, which recommends ways to strengthen and increase the integration of the public health sector within the rest of the health care system across the province.

The report recommends strengthening public health’s relationships with primary care, community care and other partners, so that all health care services are more responsive to community needs. The report states that stronger relationships between public health and other partners will make it easier to integrate health protection and promotion into all health care services.

The recommendations also focus on preserving the independent public health voice and core public health functions.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is now reviewing the recommendations provided by the panel, and exploring options for further engagement in order to achieve our government’s plan to deliver a stronger and more integrated health care system for the people of Ontario.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

“This Expert Panel report and the subsequent conversations that follow are important first steps to help us realize a truly integrated health care system that includes all programs and services such as hospitals, home and community care, primary care and public health. These strong connections will ensure that Ontarians are receiving sustainable health care services that will enhance their health and well-being at all ages and stages of life.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“On behalf of the panel, I would like to thank the province for the opportunity to advise on how Ontario’s public health sector can be strengthened and better equipped to meet the ongoing and emerging public health issues of Ontario and to work more effectively within an integrated health system. For too long, public health and health care have operated as distinct systems. This means that our public health sector and other parts of the health system need to rethink how they work together if we are to reduce health inequities and truly enhance and improve Ontarians’ health and well-being.”

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health

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