January 18, 2011
With the simple click of a mouse or the touch of a smart phone, Ontarians can get to know the health care options in their communities even better.
The province has re-launched the health care options website, which will help all Ontarians locate the health care services that are closest to home, including:
The redeveloped website also includes other user-friendly tools that will make it easier for Ontarians to get the health care they need, such as Health Care Connect, which helps people find a doctor or nurse practitioner in their community, and a searchable tool to determine local ER and surgical wait times.
The website also provides information to help newcomers to Ontario learn how to navigate the province’s health care system, provided in 26 different languages.
Knowing their options will allow Ontarians to choose the best health care service for their needs, reducing pressure on emergency rooms. Approximately 40 per cent of all visits to the emergency room are related to less urgent or non-urgent conditions that may be treated elsewhere.
Connecting Ontarians to the right health care is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.
“We’re giving Ontarians the tools they need to find health care close to home and learn about all the options available to them. We want to make navigating the health care system as simple as possible and empower Ontarians to get to know their health care system better. ”
– Deb Matthews, Health and Long-Term Care Minister
“Today's announcement makes it easier for newcomers to access our health care system. Offering newcomers health service information online is just one example of how the Ontario government is using new technology to help newcomers succeed.”
– Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Visit the Health Care Options website.
Check out videos on the Ministry’s YouTube Channel.
Visit Ontario’s Newsroom.
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