FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Algoma Ontario Health Team?


Posted on January 9, 2020 We are a group of Algoma based health care providers who are working together to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT). We are committed to working together to improve the patient experience across the health care system.




What is an Ontario Health Team (OHT)?


Posted on January 9, 2020 Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work as one coordinated team - no matter where they provide care. The Algoma Ontario Health Team has applied to become an OHT. Learn more about Ontario Health Teams
View the Minister of Health Announcement




When will Ontario Health Teams be announced?


Posted on January 9, 2020 The first wave of Ontario Health Teams Candidates was identified in the fall of 2019. Self-assessment intake and invitations to complete full applications will continue on a regular cycle until full provincial coverage is reached and every Ontarian is supported by an Ontario Health Team.




Who can become an Ontario Health Team?


Health care providers and organizations eligible to become an Ontario Health Team include, but are not limited to those that provide:

  • primary care (including inter-professional primary care and physicians)
  • secondary care (e.g., in-patient and ambulatory medical and surgical services (includes specialist services)
  • home care
  • community support services
  • mental health and addictions services
  • health promotion and disease prevention services
  • rehabilitation and complex care
  • palliative care (e.g., hospice)
  • residential care and short-term transitional care (e.g., in supportive housing, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
  • long-term care home placement
  • emergency health services
  • laboratory and diagnostic services
  • midwifery services, and
  • other social and community services and other services, as needed by the population




Will patients continue to have a choice in their care provider?


Posted on January 9, 2002 Yes. As Ontario Health Teams are established, people’s choice of providers would continue. Patients who are supported by providers who become part of an Ontario Health Team will not need to sign up or undertake any administrative processes. They will experience greater access to care and support from a broader network of other physicians and inter-professional providers, working together as a team to improve their care.




Will patients, families, caregivers and community members be involved in the decision making?


Posted on January 9, 2020 Yes, one of the key goals of the Algoma Ontario Health Team is to improve partnership with patients, caregivers and families. If you are interested in volunteering your time as a Community Advisor, please contact us.




How does a patient become connected with an Ontario Health Team? Will a patient be able to sign up with a team and how will this happen?


Posted on Janaury 9, 2020 Ontarians will continue to access care from their existing care providers. As Ontario Health Teams are created, Ontarians will be provided with information about the benefits of this model. Ontarians will still be able to choose who provides their care. As the province begins this work, Ontarians can be confident that they can continue to contact their health care providers as they always have to access the health care they need.





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