In June 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care passed the Excellent Care for All Act (ECFAA) and in January 2012, presented Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. The Action Plan proposes reforms that will result in significant changes to the way in which health care services will be organized, delivered and funded. Included in the Action plan is the Health System Funding Reform (HSFR) initiative.
The key component of HSFR is the funding models that compensate health care organizations based on patient volume and needs, the services delivered and the evidence-based quality of those services.
In recognition of the important role of physicians in health system transformation the OMA worked with the Ontario Hospital Association to develop a Framework for the Redistribution of Hospital Services that provides a guidance framework when such transformations are being considered. Physicians are encouraged to refer to the Framework when faced with a potential service redistribution resulting from the implementation of Health System Funding Reform.
The Ministry has established an Advisory Committee. The OMA is a part of the Ministry’s Advisory Committee and participates in the HSFR process through this structure.