Ever wondered how the Ontario health system works? The goal of this book is to help make the system more understandable to the citizens who pay for it and are served by it, the professionals who work in it (and the future professionals who will one day work in it), and the policymakers who govern it. Each chapter begins with key messages for each of these groups.
Part 1 describes the ‘building blocks’ of the system, including who gets to make what decisions (governance arrangements), how money flows through the system (financial arrangements), and what and who make up the system’s infrastructure and workforce (delivery arrangements). Part 2 explains how the building blocks are used to provide: 1) care in each of six sectors – home and community care, primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation care, long-term care, and public health; 2) care for four conditions or groupings of conditions – mental health and addictions, work-related injuries and diseases, cancer, and end-of-life; 3) care using select treatments – prescription and over-the-counter drugs, complementary and alternative therapies, and dental services; and 4) care for Indigenous peoples. Part 3 describes recent and planned reforms to the system and assesses how the health system is performing. The system is complex, so in addition to tables, figures, and 'at-a-glance' figures that summarize the policies, programs, places and people key to understanding particular types of care, the ebook contains: 1) embedded videos that share further insights from the perspective of citizens, professionals, policymakers and researchers; 2) a glossary that provides definitions of important terms the first time they’re introduced in a chapter section or exhibit; 3) easy navigation within and across chapters through hyperlinks and a search feature; and 4) self tests (with pop-up answers) for those who want to ensure they understood key points.
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