May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020 Premier Doug Ford Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 OPEN LETTER Dear Premier Ford, As a broad group of healthcare stakeholders whose members employ tens of thousands of front line workers in the fight against COVID 19, we write to you today to seek immediate clarity on the
April 15, 2020
April 15, 2020 An open letter regarding PPE in Primary Care during COVID-19 was released today from the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO), Nurse Practitioners' Association of Ontario (NPAO) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). On behalf of our members - who are
February 12, 2020
Connecting physicians regionally is a powerful way to spark change, to improve the delivery of comprehensive patient services, and to influence health service decision making.  There is power in speaking with a collective voice, and there is an opportunity to strengthen the primary care sector by
January 27, 2020
AFHTO submitted its recommendations to the Ministry of Finance as part of the 2020 Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations in early January. The submission is entitled "It Takes a Team: Interprofessional Primary Care as the Foundation of Health System Transformation." Our recommendations are the
August 22, 2019
We're excited to offer our members and partners AFHTO's Ontario Health Team Handbook for Boards. This resource has been developed to provide boards of primary care organizations with essential and basic information on OHTs, and to help guide discussions on OHT developments.  Ontario Health Team
June 25, 2019
The Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine released its second interim report on June 25, 2019, entitled "A Healthy Ontario: Building a Sustainable Health Care System."   This report contains ten policy recommendations from the council to the government, intended to
April 03, 2019
On April 2 AFHTO presented its submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 74: The People’s Health Care Act, 2019. Our key recommendations are: 1. That Bill 74 require primary care to be part of an Ontario Health Team (OHT). It is also recommended that primary care teams be the
February 25, 2019
We are the advocate, network and resource for team-based primary care in Ontario The Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO) works to support the implementation and growth of primary care teams by promoting best practices, sharing lessons learned, and advocating on behalf of all
September 26, 2018
Primary care: The Best Care Takes a Team For most Ontarians, primary care providers are the entry point to the health care system. When patients are sick or hurt, they turn to them first.  And for the best care, it takes a team. As the government moves forward with primary care reform to reduce
November 21, 2016
“Moving care coordinators from CCACs to LHINs does not remove barriers, it just moves them from one bureaucracy to another. If primary care providers were supported to coordinate care, it would make a significant difference for the health of patients and their experience of care.” With this and
August 29, 2016
Evidence from around the world, and Ontario, demonstrates that the introduction of primary care teams is providing patients with better care, at the best value. But one of interprofessional primary care’s biggest barriers is to attract and keep skilled providers. The key issue? Inability to offer