Expansion and Enhancement of Inter-professional Health Care Teams

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Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The government of Ontario is providing new investments in inter-professional health care aimed to meet the individual and complex needs of patients.

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These teams can include doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health workers, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other professionals.

There are currently 294 interprofessional care teams across Ontario that are delivering care to more than four million people. Ontario is investing $248.4 million over the next three years to:

  • Support existing teams, including recruiting new staff and retaining current health care workers.
  • Create new care teams across the province so that every region in Ontario has at least one team.

Interprofessional care teams deliver primary care to help patients with their specific health care goals and needs, ranging from managing chronic disease, to addressing complex health needs, to helping a patient deal with a life challenge that is negatively impacting their health. These teams also empower patients and their families to be active participants in working toward their health care goals.