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Health Providers Hope OHT Will Encompass Grey Bruce

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Area health care systems are not ready to align as an area Ontario Health Team just yet

Regional health service providers hope an Ontario Health Team in this region, will encompass the Grey-Bruce geographic boundary.

President and CEO of SBGHC Michael Barrett says health service providers from hospitals, family health teams, long term care homes and community support agencies says there's a commitment to create an Ontario Health Team (OHT) within Bruce and Grey however, the group is not quite in a position to become an "early adopter."

The whole idea is to have providers work in one coordinated group as opposed to separate organizations that exist now.

Barrett says they could make a submission on May 15th, the earliest date to create an OHT, but the providers feel their work isn't quite done.

He says there's plenty of time to get better prepared and be ready for the next wave of applications that will come out in the Fall.

Barrett says the big question now is how will the provincial money flow in the future because the individual service providers are now funded separately.  

He says they're waiting for answers on if there's one funding stream, who does it go to and then how is the money distributed "to ensure we're providing the best care for patients."

The province will be announcing the first 5-to-10 "early adopter" Ontario Health Teams in the weeks ahead.

The Provincial government has said it plans to create up to 50 Health Teams in the province in the future and Barrett says, in collaboration with Grey Bruce Health Services, they want to make sure this area is one that is chosen to have an Ontario Health Team.

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