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Ontario bill increases trend toward integration

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Kathy O’Brien

Bill 41, the Patients First Act, proposes to change significantly how Ontario’s healthcare system is regulated and overseen. Most importantly, it significantly expands the mandate and powers of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

Recall that the Ontario government established LHINs in 2006 under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA), creating 14 geographic LHINs throughout the province. The networks were set up to fund and oversee a finite list of “health service providers,” including hospitals, psychiatric facilities, long-term care homes and community care access centres....