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Legislation Creates New Central Agency to Oversee Healthcare Delivery in Ontario

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Ontario is consolidating its local and provincial health networks to create a central agency as part of a system overhaul. Legislation introduced in February (Bill 74) creates the Connecting Care Act which provides for creating a new agency, called Ontario Health, to consolidate the 14 local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Health Shared Services Ontario, and HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

Ontario Health Teams will be established to provide seamless access to health services, including primary care, hospitals, home and community care, palliative care, residential long-term care, and mental health and addictions services.

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