The Wellesley Institute works to improve health and health equity in the Greater Toronto Area through research and policy based on the the social determinants of health.
We welcome the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s strides towards improving health in our province. Wellesley Institute supports the aims of Patients First. We are especially supportive of the plans to promote population based planning and the focus on health equity.
In this submission we propose some safeguards that we believe will help ensure that Patients First delivers on its promise. We also address the need to integrate equity into planning and policy through the LHINs, and to ensure that the LHINs have access to the most up to date education and evidence to help inform their strategy development.