About 1,000 patients in hospital hallways on any given day

Dr. Rueben Devlin

Dr. Rueben Devlin

The section that NDP Leader Andrea Horwath warned would lead to privatization says that the super agency "may designate a person or entity, or a group of persons or entities, as an integrated care delivery system" as long as they have the ability to deliver at least two types of health services, including hospital, primary care, home care or long-term care services.

The NDP revealed the draft bill as the Premier's council on improving health care and ending hallway medicine, chaired by Rueben Devlin, released its first interim report.

The text of the bill says the minister may "order one or more health-service providers ... to do anything to integrate the health system "including to stop providing certain services, to transfer its services to a different location, or to cease operating entirely". However, there are also many barriers that make the system hard to navigate for patients and providers", said special advisor and council chair Dr. Rueben Devlin, in a provincial release.

Another area in which it the report identifies problems is mental health. "We know that we need to improve on primary care, we need to improve on access to long-term care, better home care and a real focus on mental health and addictions". "A lack of early intervention and prevention is contributing to more patients becoming ill. All of these challenges are connected to the problem of hallway health care".

"But the people of Ontario don't believe the solution to cuts is more cuts, and they certainly don't believe the answer is privatizing our health care system..."

She said the bill would allow the new agency to "farm out" health-care services to other organizations, including private corporations. She added there would be no changes to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. "In short, when it comes to health care in Ontario, people deserve more from their government, not less". "Increasing capacity in the community, staffing levels, training, and support will play an important role in building a high-functioning system that works for all Ontarians - including the ones who work in health care".

The report defines hallway beds as those in hallways, emergency department stretchers or other unconventional spaces such as alcoves.

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Meanwhile, 41% of patients who go to hospital emergency rooms for treatment could be treated by a family doctor.

Visits to emergency departments across the province increased by about 11 per cent over the last six years, to 5.9 million in 2017-2018.

Due to the backlog of these patients in acute care hospitals, the hospitals don't have enough beds to treat patients admitted through their emergency wards.

Only 35% are assigned a hospital bed within the recommended time frame of eight hours following admission. The largest proportion of that was people waiting to be transferred to long-term care, the report said, where the average wait time to access a bed is 146 days.

One way of measuring use of space is looking at how many people are waiting for care in another setting, and in October, nearly 16 per cent of days spent in hospital were by patients waiting for care elsewhere.

Demographic projections suggest that the province will see an increase in its population by roughly 30 per cent by 2041.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report.

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