Home Care Ontario | Mar 05, 2018
March 5, 2018 The Globe and Mail
Letter to the Editor by Sue VanderBent, CEO – Home Care Ontario
Not the way to do it
Re Ontario Is Courting A Home-Care Fiasco (March 2): André Picard's analysis of the government's folly in creating yet more bureaucracy in Ontario's home care system is completely correct. Creating a comprehensive, self-directed care model that gives choice to patients is the right approach, but the creation of a parallel "agency" that will cost more and leave less money for direct, hands-on care at the front line is not the way to do it.
Successful new, self-directed care models must be fully integrated into the current system of home care or risk system confusion to patients and key referral sources such as hospitals, family doctors, ER physicians and long-term care.
Preparing Ontario's home-care system for the future requires funding, ending rationed care, changing outdated scheduling and strengthening information exchange.
Sue VanderBent, CEO, Home Care Ontario, Hamilton