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Shorter wait times, better health care in Ontario

Universal public health care is a core part of what it means to be Canadian. It is the idea that no matter where you live or what you earn, you will always be able to get the care you need.

I was honoured to join the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, Mark Holland, the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Ya’ra Saks, MP Turnbull and my fellow York Region Liberal colleagues in announcing a $3.1 billion agreement to improve health care in Ontario.

This agreement will:

  • Increase the percentage of people in the province who have access to family health professionals to 91% by expanding current interprofessional family health teams and forming 18 new ones in communities with the greatest needs, such as vulnerable or marginalized communities;
  • Increase the number of family physicians by 600, nurse practitioners by 600, and registered nurses by 3,000 across the province to help increase the health workforce and reduce backlogs;
  • Expand enrollment in health care education programs by over 700 spots – including over 70 in the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay;
  • Create five additional Integrated Youth Services hubs to the 22 that are already operating, providing single window access to mental health, substance use, and family health services for youth aged 12 to 25;
  • Support the continued rollout of the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program, which will offer support to more than 4,800 additional people.
  • Increase the percentage of people in the province who have access to their own health information electronically to 40%, helping them take control of their health; and,
  • Increase the percentage of health care professionals who can securely access and share patient health information electronically to 49%, improving the efficiency of Ontario’s health care system and increasing patient safety.

Through these measures, we’re working with the Government of Ontario to deliver better results for patients, support health care workers, and protect our health care system now and into the future.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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