Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario 

On December 17, 2015, the ministry released Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario, a discussion paper that outlines proposed changes for the health system. The proposed structural changes would see Local Health Integration Networks assume responsibility for home and community care and system integration, and have greater involvement with primary care, and improved linkages with population health planning.  

For more information about the Patients First Proposal, review a copy of the proposal here, or watch a summary presentation hosted by LHIN CEO Paul Huras.

Thank You to All Engagement Participants

From February 1 – 26, the South East LHIN invited feedback from Health Service Providers, Patients, Caregivers, and members of the general public through a variety of opportunities. Engagement was also ongoing through many of our working groups and stakeholder committees. All input received has been consolidated and submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) on February 29, 2016. This feedback will help to inform next steps in building a high-performing health system that is more responsive to local needs, is better connected and integrated, drives quality and performance, and enhances transparency for providers and patients, clients and their families.  

While all internal and external engagement findings have been submitted to the MOHLTC, the following open engagement session summaries have been posted below for the information of session participants. Public, Health Service Provider, and Physician consultation opportunities were guided using a series of discussion questions based on the thirty-four discussion questions contained in the body of the Proposal: 

Public Engagement Sessions – Consolidated Summary of Feedback (Brockville – Feb 9, Belleville – Feb 10, Kingston – Feb 17, Perth – Feb 22)

Physician Engagement Sessions– Consolidated Summary of Feedback (Toledo – Feb 4, Kingston – Feb 17, and Belleville – Feb 25) 


Please note: raw engagement data from all sessions has been consolidated and provided to the MOHLTC as received by South East LHIN. Any analysis or theming of responses will be conducted as appropriate, by the MOHLTC.



Any questions about the consultation process that took place in the South East LHIN region can be directed to southeast@lhins.on.ca.

Thank you again for your participation and support.