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Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

Patients First: Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care is the next phase of the Government of Ontario's commitment to transform the health care system into one that puts the needs of patients at its centre.

The Health Minister, Dr Eric Hoskins, introduced the plan by stating that it is called "Patients First" in recognition of the fact that "caring for people is what motivates everyone in the health care system...and it must be at the core of every decision we make as a health care system"

Click here for more information including a PDF copy of the Action Plan. 



Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Ebola Virus

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a rare and deadly disease. There are 5 ebola virus species, 4 are known to cause disease in humans. The reservoir host of the virus remains unknown. It is believed to be animal-borne and bats are the most likely reservoir.

The countries with widespread transmission are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Travellers from those countries are at risk for exposure. Previously affected countries are Nigeria, Senegal, and Spain. Mali and United States have localized transmission.

Those at highest risk are healthcare workers, and family and friends of an infected person. Click here for Healthcare worker specific information.

CDC hosts an excellent webpage of information about Ebola

CBC Radio Program White Coat, Black Art provides opinion, facts, and key speakers on Healthcare Issues and Politics.

Dr Brian Goldman MD hosts this radio program to reveal healthcare culture from the point of view of those working on the "other side of the gurney". The shows are provacative, informative, and address current politically charged issues.

The program airs Saturdays 11:30 am and Mondays 11:30 am on CBC radio one.

Shows have explored Midwifery in Canada, Palliative Care vs Assisted Death, Nurse Practitioners, Visiting Hours, Alternative Medicine and more.

Pod casts of the shows can been accessed on the internet for 6 months.

White Coat, Black Art Podcasts

New Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care 2014

Welcome to the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, the new Minister of Health for Ontario.

Dr Hoskins is a family physician and has worked as a public servant since 2009 in a variety of Ministries.

He and his wife founded the War Child Canada Charity to aid war-affected children across the globe.

Ontario Healthcare System Funding Reform (HSFR)

Announced January 2012: Ontario is moving away from global funding to a model where funding will follow the patient.

For hospitals, Community Care Access and Long Term Care, the model will include a Health Based Allocation Model (HBAM), Quality Based Procedures (QBP) and a small portion of global funding.

For more information visit the MOHLTC links to HSFR or QBP.


The Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR)
HSMR is a measurement tool that compares a hospital’s mortality rate with the overall average rate. The ratio provides a starting point to assess mortality rates and identify areas for performance improvement. The following will send you to more information on HSMR:


Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN)

Local Health Integration Networks are corporations that work with local health providers and community members to determine health service priorities for their area. The LHINs are responsible services and programs in hospitals, community care access centres, mental health community health centre and long term care. There are 14 LHINs in Ontario. SW LHIN website

Updated 02/15