On February 9th, 2016 the Health Network for Uninsured Clients, in partnership with Wellesley Institute and Women’s College Hospital, hosted a day-long symposium on improving access to health care for people who are uninsured in Ontario. The Symposium:
1. Showcased research on barriers to health care and opportunities for policy change that have emerged since the Network’s last symposium in 2012;
2. Shared knowledge and experiences with a new generation of health care providers about how to navigate systems for uninsured clients;
3. Bridged connections between researchers/policy makers and service providers to engaging decision makers and organizational leaders to address access to care for uninsured clients; and
4. Identified tools and actions to support policy change and changes to practice.
The day was divided into five sections: the context in which we’re operating, federal updates, provincial updates, local updates and targeted breakout sessions.