Ontario government invests $2.1 million to expand access to primary care teams in Niagara

The Ontario government has allocated $2,136,524 to enhance access to interprofessional primary care teams in Niagara through the Niagara Ontario Health Team. This investment is part of the province’s $110 million commitment to connecting up to 328,000 people to primary care teams, advancing the goal of providing primary care access for all Ontarians.

Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Niagara West, highlighted the significance of this investment. “This critical investment in our local Ontario Health Team will connect up to 7,600 more patients in Niagara to primary care,” he said.

The funding will benefit communities across the region, with a particular emphasis on areas such as Port Colborne, Fort Erie, and Wainfleet.

Currently, Ontario leads the nation with ninety per cent of its population connected to a regular health care provider. To address the remaining gap in primary care access, the province is supporting the expansion of interprofessional primary care teams in Niagara.

Interprofessional primary care teams bring together various health professionals, including doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers, under one roof. Timely access to primary care supports faster diagnosis and treatment, promoting overall health and alleviating pressures on emergency departments.

The goal, according to Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylivia Jones, is to connect ninety-eight percent of Ontarians to primary care in the coming years.

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