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Ontario investing in primary care teams

By CJ Goater Feb 1, 2024 | 2:04 PM

The Ontario government has announced a $110 million investment to connect up to 328,000 people to primary care teams.

“Our government is making record investments to ensure that everyone that wants to have a primary care provider can connect to one,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While there is more work to do, giving hundreds of thousands of more Ontarians the opportunity to connect to primary care brings us that much closer to this goal.”

According to the Ontario government the province currently leads the country with 90 per cent of people connected to a regular health care provider. To close the gap for the 1.3 million people not connected to primary care, the government is making a record investment of $90 million to add over 400 new primary care providers as part of 78 new and expanded interprofessional primary care teams.

Interprofessional primary care teams connect people to a range of health professionals who work together under one roof, including doctors, nurse practitioners, registered and practical nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, and dietitians, among others.

An additional $20 million will provide a boost to all existing interprofessional primary care teams to help them meet increased operational costs for their facilities and supplies so that they continue to provide high-quality care to the people they provide care to.

The investment triples the original $30 million earmarked to expand interprofessional primary care teams.