OHT Partner FAQs

  • What about the other communities that weren’t selected to develop an Ontario Health Team submission?
    • The province is moving towards Ontario Health Teams for all Ontarians. Communities that haven’t progressed to the submission phase and those not accepted after this application will all continue to work towards becoming and OHT in future years.
  • Will I lose my doctor when Guelph becomes an OHT?
    • No. We do not anticipate any changes to patient and primary care physician relationship.
  • Is the OHT a governance and a fiscal structure?
    • Yes. In the OHT model there is shared clinical and fiscal accountability such that collective resources (including leadership, front-line providers, funding etc.)  will be collaboratively directed to improve the health of the population of our community.   Guelph healthcare organizations have a strong history of working well together.  
  • Will this impact our funding?
    • We have not yet heard specific details from the Ministry on funding.
  • How many OHTs will be approved?
    • 31 OHTs were invited to prepare full submissions from the approximately 150 that expressed interest. Based on the October 9th submissions the government identified 24 OHTs to move forward at this time Eventually, all patients and all providers in Ontario will become part of an Ontario Health Team and will be supported to move towards that based on their readiness (as assessed by the Ministry).
  • When will the Ministry decide if our submission is accepted/approved?
    • An announcement on Nov. 29 by the Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, said our submission was accepted.
  • How is it being determine which OHT people are part of?
    • Patients are assigned to an Ontario Health Team based on how and where they use health care services rather than “where they live”.
  • Will the care in each OHT be the same as the care that is provided in other OHTs?
    • Each OHT will develop and deliver care to best meet the needs of their specific population.  OHTs are expected to ensure seamless, coordinated care for their patients regardless of where or from whom they receive care. So as OHTs develop, processes to support consistency and coordination between OHT will be a priority.
  • How will we support patients who aren’t attached to a family doctor?
    • 97% percent of Guelph and Area residents have a family doctor. And 100% of primary care doctors in the Guelph and Area OHT have signed on to participate in this model of care delivery.   The small percentage of patients who are not rostered with a primary care physician will have their primary care needs, including care coordination, met by the integrated primary care teams.  Every effort will be made to roster patients and for those who, for a range of reasons, are not able to be rostered, Integrated Primary Care Teams (IPCT) services will still be available.
  • How can others contribute their ideas and stories?
    • Currently, the Guelph and Area OHT has a dedicated web site. Under “Contact” it currently offers askus@guelphandareaoht.com as well as feedback forms for both the general public and healthcare partners. Alternatively, idea, stories, questions and feedback can be directed to Emmi Perkins, Director of Transformation of the Guelph and Area OHT (emmiperkins@guelphfht.com). 
    • Another way that partners and residents can contribute to the Guelph and Area OHT will be through:
      •  a “Patient & Family Advisory Council” that will be developed to support regular updates to and feedback from users of our system.
      • other patient advisory roles to be determined and designed as the OHT develops.
  • How will the leadership be decided?
    • The leadership and organizations structure of the Guelph and Are OHT will be decided through consultation with our partners in year 1 and will be informed by a joint strategic planning process.
  • Is there any additional money for the work associated with planning an OHT?
    • There is not expected to be any additional money to support the development of the OHTs. We do expect that working together differently will allow us to deliver care in a more streamlined and efficient manner.
  • What are the key priority areas for the OHT?
    • Palliative
    • Home and community care
    • Mental Health and Addictions

Click here to read more about how care for these populations will be transformed.

  • How will the Guelph and OHT integrate social partners and other networks that patients use?
    • In alignment with our accountability to ensure the health of our population, The Guelph and Area OHT will work with all providers and agencies to ensure the comprehensive health and social needs of our patients needs are met. The Guelph and Area OHT has different levels of partnership and will work with different partners in different ways over time as the OHT evolves and matures. More information about our current members and plan to collaborate and work with other can be found here.

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