The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently released an ambitious plan to transform Ontario’s health-care system. It identifies key drivers of change to improve access, quality and value; all underlain by improved system coordination and coherence, and by service and quality innovation. These are positive directions, but there is a critical element missing. We need to ensure that this transformation also contributes to reducing pervasive and damaging inequities in health that exist in the province, so we need to build equity into these reforms from the outset.
This policy brief sets out key directions to drive equity into health-care reform, and beyond.