Expanded Primary Health Care Team Coming to East London
Ontario Investing in More Primary Care, Nurses, Mental Health Across the Province
Ontario is providing more people with better access to high-quality health care closer to home, with a new or expanded team of health care professionals coming to east London.
The expansion of London InterCommunity Health Centre will connect people in east London and newcomers throughout the city with a range of health care professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, respiratory therapists and nurses to address a broad variety of healthcare needs, including mental health and chronic disease management.
Team-based health care clinics help empower patients and their families and encourage them to be active participants in living healthy lives. Ontario is creating new and expanded primary care programs and services in order to respond to the health and social service needs of communities across the province, including Franco-Ontarians, newcomers and seniors.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.
“The expansion of the primary care team at the London InterCommunity Health Centre is key to improving the health outcomes of people in our community. It will help improve timely access to family physicians linked to a network of health care providers all working together to offer an integrated, broad scope of services to patients and their families.”
— Dr. Cathy Faulds, Vice President, Clinical, South West Local Health Integration Network
“Our government is committed to ensuring everyone in Ontario has access to high-quality primary care, closer to home. The support of interprofessional primary care teams in the community is an important and significant step toward achieving this goal.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The London InterCommunity Health Centre provides inclusive and equitable health and social services for people and communities who face barriers to accessing appropriate care. The expansion of our interprofessional primary care team will allow us to connect more Londoners to our comprehensive services, which will improve the overall health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.”
— Scott Courtice, Executive Director, London InterCommunity Health Centre
- The South West LHIN will receive $1.3 million dollars to improve access to interprofessional primary care resources for patients whose primary care providers are not associated with teams and for newcomers as part of Ontario’s commitment to expand access to interprofessional primary care across the province.
- In the 2017 Budget, the province made a commitment of $15.5 million for 2017-18 and an additional 27.8 million in 2018-19 to create and expand interprofessional primary care teams (Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, Community Health Centres) focusing on areas with the greatest needs.
- Ontario has also committed $329.2 million over five years to recruit and retain interprofessional primary care professionals.
- There are currently 294 interprofessional care teams across Ontario delivering care to more than four million people.
- The province is providing $23 million per year over three years to improve care coordination for complex patients through the Health Links initiative.
Rebecca Boucher, Communications Advisor, South West LHIN
T: 519.672.0445 ext. 2606