Ontario Expanding House Call Services
McGuinty Government Helps Seniors Stay Healthy, Stay Home Longer
More Ontario seniors who need medical care will now be able to see a doctor at home.
Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association have reached a deal to expand house call services. A new physician services agreement includes an investment of $10 million to increase house calls.
Expanding house call services to help seniors stay healthy and stay at home longer, is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.
House calls benefit many homebound Ontarians including the elderly, people requiring palliative care and those with mental or physical challenges that make it difficult for them to travel to and from appointments.
Patients who have recently been discharged from the hospital will also benefit from follow-up home visits, helping them stay healthy and avoid hospital readmission.
Doctors will be encouraged to develop a care plan that sets out the patient's requirements for home-based care. Subsequent visits would be provided by the most appropriate health care provider.
This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to make sure Ontarians can get the right health care, in the right place at the right time.
- In 2013, primary care physicians will be encouraged to provide about 30,000 more house calls than currently provided.
- Ontario is improving co-ordination of care for high-needs patients such as seniors and people with complex conditions by creating 19 Health Links across the province. Health Links will encourage greater collaboration and co-ordination between a patient’s different health care providers as well as the development of personalized care plans.
“For some Ontarians, getting to a doctor’s office can be difficult. Helping them get the care they need at home will help them stay healthy and take pressure off our hospitals and nursing homes. At a time when we’re trying to make the most of our health care dollars, this simply makes sense”
“Investing in house calls is a key part of our Action Plan for Health Care. It’s critical that we make changes to the health care system in order to serve those with the greatest needs, and that includes seniors and others with complex needs. If a person isn’t able to regularly visit their doctor, it’s up to us to bring the doctor to them.”