In 2006, the Ontario Government established the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA). The purpose of this act is to:
… provide for an integrated health system to improve the health of Ontarians through better access to high quality health services, co-ordinated health care in local health systems and across the province and effective and efficient management of the health system at the local level by local health integration networks.
RNAO recommends that the Standing Committee on Social Policy consider the following enhancements to LHISA:
In conclusion, the LHISA review is occurring at a pivotal time in health system transformation. RNAO supports an enhanced legislated role for LHINs - which at eight years of maturity -- must be enabled and made fully accountable for whole system regional planning and funding. The current model of ‘chopped planning/funding’ will continue to hamper the LHINs from fostering system co-ordination and integration. Not moving in this direction will result in ongoing duplication such as it exists now between the LHINs and the CCACs, lack of integrated services, delays in access to health services for Ontarians, and higher than necessary health system administrative costs. RNAO is pleased to offer recommendations, consistent with its ECCO model, to dramatically improve the planning and funding capacity of the LHINs.
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