Patient Care Groups

A report – Patient Care Groups: A new model of population based primary health care for Ontario – was recently published on behalf of the Primary Health Care Expert Advisory Committee, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

From the Report:

Executive Summary

In late 2013 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “ministry”) convened the Expert Advisory Committee on Strengthening Primary Health Care in Ontario to address current challenges in Ontario’s primary care system. The ministry identified four policy questions of particular interest:
1. How can we ensure all Ontarians are attached to a regular primary care provider?

2. How can we ensure that Ontarians who need the services of an inter-professional care team can obtain them?

3. How can we improve integration in primary care, both among primary care providers and between primary care and other parts of the system?

4. How can we ensure Ontarians can access primary care after business hours and on weekends when needed?

In response, the Committee has proposed a vision for an integrated primary health care system for Ontario, based on a redesign of the province’s existing primary care sector. The foundation of the redesign is a population-based model of integrated primary health care delivery, designed around Patient Care Groups (PCGs); which are fund-holding organizations that are accountable to the ministry through the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

Here is a link to the Full Report: