Health care We know how important it is to our whole
community. In southeastern Ontario our health
system needs to change and evolve to reflect our growing needs. Ten years ago there were seventy eight
thousand people over age 65 in our region. Today that number is just over 100,000. Our current system is designed for the
patient of the past who came to the ER with one health
concern Today there are more people living in our
region with complex health care needs than ever before. This includes diabetes, cancer, and mental illness. That means when
patients arrive in the ER they often have two or three chronic
conditions on top of an urgent health concern. These added conditions put a greater
demand on our health care resources. In 2008 the Ontario economy was hit with
a recession and government revenues were reduced
dramatically. Currently 42 cents of every program dollar is spent on health care. We need to spend our resources wisely, we
need to find new ways to make sure our dollars go further. Today the province is focusing on
directing funds toward more health care options in the community. New programs are being put in place to
help support our changing population, to provide the care they need where they
live, work, and play we have heard that patients are
frustrated surgeries being cancelled encountering
gridlock and dealing with long wait times and
while their experience with individual providers can be excellent managing the health care
system is a struggle. We need to make it easier for patients
to move through the system so people can get the services they need
when and where they need it. This might be a hospital, in a long-term
care home, or in the community we need a system
that is connected and works better for patients, for families, for you. Let’s work together to strengthen health
care across southeastern Ontario. Let’s
redefine how care is delivered to ensure the patient is always at the
centre. Let’s build a sustainable system of care for today and tomorrow. Healthcare
organizations and professionals in the southeast are
working together and are committed to building a better system that meets the needs of our changing
patient population. Join the conversation Visit