Here’s how patients want Ontario’s primary health-care system to change – CBC

Shift doctors toward working in teams, fix medical records system, report suggests

Apr 06, 2023

In the ongoing debate over how to improve health care in Canada, there’s a new effort to find solutions by listening to the views of patients.

The initiative — called OurCare — has surveyed thousands of ordinary Canadians about what they want from primary health care, which includes family doctors — most people’s first point of contact with the health system.

A new report outlines several key recommendations to emerge from OurCare’s first regional panel, which was focused on Ontario. Some of those recommendations include:

Improving patients’ access to electronic medical records.
Shifting more family doctors away from solo medical practices into team-based care.
Creating a centralized, digital system for referrals to specialists.
Significantly increasing the number of family medicine residency spaces.
“Change will be challenging, but our health-care system cannot survive without it,” reads the document.

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