Healthcare

Healthcare

Hospitals and Healthcare

  • Reduce overcrowding in hospitals with a system-wide strategy to better use existing resources in home care, long-term care, nurse-led clinics, primary care and community care.
  • Develop a healthcare capacity plan to reopen hospital beds, operating rooms and services based on the population’s need for care.
  • Create an integrated funding structure for health care, based on quality outcomes that will ensure that the best care is provided by the most appropriate and cost-effective provider.
  • Expand the number of and access to Nurse Practitioner-led clinics in all parts of the province.
  • Increase the number of Nurse Practitioners in long-term care, mental health care and acute care facilities to improve patient care and outcomes.
  • Increase funding for Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) that are struggling to fulfill their downloaded mandate from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and provide dedicated funds that ensure enhanced collaboration with various partners, including District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs), to enhance the integration and delivery of public services.
  • Create a registry of air toxins in communities, requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labeling and full disclosure of chemical use by dry cleaners.
  • Implement a provincial Lyme Disease strategy in conjunction with the federal strategy and in consultation with public health officials, health professionals and community groups.

Long-Term Care and Home Care

  • Monitor and improve the quality of care in long-term care homes.
  • Reduce wait times for elder care.
  • Ensure staff of long-term care facilities have proper resources to appropriately address the needs of residents that require complex care such as mental illness and addictions, acquired brain injury, and/or brain disorders including dementia.
  • Increase funding for home and community care to provide support for people to live at home longer.
  • Improve the availability of assisted living and transitional living for seniors.
  • Support family members who care for an infirm relative full time.
  • Develop and fund research into smart home technology to enable us to age in place and stay in our communities.

Mental Health

  • Create an umbrella organization – Mental Health and Addictions Ontario – to consolidate all mental-health and addictions programs in Ontario and drive a future provincial mental health and addictions strategy.
  • Reform privacy laws to balance a person’s right to privacy with their right to be well.
  • Improve the legislation on involuntary treatment to include criteria besides physical harm, and ensure that involuntary admission includes treatment.
  • Develop more clinical standards and health impact assessments to cover a wider array of mental health and addictions issues, working with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), including the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC).
  • End the three-month waiting period for OHIP-covered health services outside hospitals (such as prescription drugs, home care and palliative care) after a patient moves to Ontario from another province.
  • Increase investments in mental health and addictions services so that patients can obtain the right kind of treatment to support recovery.
  • Increase funding for mental health and addictions support for children and youth to reduce wait times and scale up specialized mental health and addictions services.
  • Increase funding for applied mental health and addictions research and evaluation of treatment outcomes.
  • Remove HST charges from accredited private mental health service providers.
  • Provide dedicated funding for education and training for health professionals, including physicians and psychotherapists, to expand their scope of practice to include the identification, diagnosis and treatment of a wider variety of mental health and addictions issues.
  • Dedicate a portion of the proceeds from provincial revenue from legalized cannabis sales to fund additional mental health and addiction programs and services.
  • Create an umbrella organization – Mental Health and Addictions Ontario – to consolidate all mental-health and addictions programs in Ontario and drive a future provincial mental health and addictions strategy.
  • Create more 24/7 mobile crisis intervention teams.
  • Expand and further publicize Telehealth Ontario’s ability to respond to callers with mental health and addictions issues.
  • Reform privacy laws to balance a person’s right to privacy with their right to be well.
  • Improve the legislation on involuntary treatment to include criteria besides physical harm, and ensure that involuntary admission includes treatment.
  • Develop more clinical standards and health impact assessments to cover a wider array of mental health and addictions issues, working with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), including the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC).
  • End the three-month waiting period for OHIP-covered health services outside hospitals (such as prescription drugs, home care and palliative care) after a patient moves to Ontario from another province.

Dental and Pharmacare

  • Implement a universal dental care program. Dental health is directly linked to an individual’s overall health and an important part of a health promotion strategy.
  • Extend a provincially funded Pharmacare program to provide all Ontarians with access to medicine.
  • Push for a federally funded Pharmacare program to get less expensive rates through bulk purchasing at a national level.