Investments In Front Line Health Care Paying Off
North York Family Health Team Provides Access To Care For 57,000 Residents
Ontario's continuing support of front line health care means 14,000 previously unattached patients in the North York region now have access to a family doctor at the North York Family Health Team.
The wide range of services offered by the North York Family Health Team helps families lead healthy lives by focusing on prevention and early detection of diseases. The team serves 57,000 patients and includes doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers working together to provide patients with seamless care.
Ontario has created 200 Family Health Teams since 2003 that are now providing comprehensive health care to more than 2.5 million Ontarians. A new model of primary family health care is also taking root with 25 new nurse practitioner-led clinics that are beginning to open now and will be fully operational by 2013.
Also, Ontario is adding 100 more first-year medical school spaces next year, and by 2013, this investment, along with other undergraduate and postgraduate expansions means twice as many doctors will be graduating from Ontario's medical schools than in 2003.
Investing in front line health care is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality and accountability for patients.
- The North York Family Health Team includes 58 Physicians located in 17 clinical offices.
- Since 2003, Ontario has created 200 new Family Health Teams, including 84 in rural and Northern Ontario.
- Nurse practitioners are able to treat common illnesses and injuries, and order lab tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. They can also refer patients to specialists.
“Ontario families want quality health care, close to home. Family Health Teams help people by treating and preventing illness and that makes our families and our province stronger.”
“The North York Family Health Team is providing high-quality care to 57,000 residents. North York provided the original proposal to create multi-disciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.”