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MEDIA RELEASE - Health Sustainability the Most Important Issue for Ontario Voters: Ontario Chamber Survey Results Reveal

Health Sustainability the Most Important Issue for Ontario Voters: Ontario Chamber Survey Results Reveal
Report makes recommendations for sustainability
January 26, 2017
Sault Ste. Marie – Today, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Health Transformation: An Action Plan for Ontario, which includes new and exclusive survey data from two of Ontario’s top research firms that polled both OCC members and Ontarians. After a year of research and consultation, the OCC and its network of Chambers and Boards of Trade, which represents the interests of more than 60,000 member businesses across Ontario, have developed three strategic recommendations to improve Ontario’s health care system.
This action plan comes at a critical time, as recent Fresh Intelligence survey results reveal that only 14 per cent of Ontario’s business community is confident that the health care system is sustainable for the future. Despite other growing concerns surrounding topics like electricity pricing and climate change, health care sustainability still remains the most important issue for Ontarians.
Additional data released in today’s report, from a survey conducted by the Gandalf Group, suggests that a mere 39 per cent of all Ontarians are confident that the province’s health care system will be able to fund a consistently high level of care in the future. Reflecting the recommendations of the Ontario Chamber network, half of Ontarians agree that the health care system doesn’t need more money, it just needs to be better managed. With this level of increased uncertainty in Ontario’s health care system, through its membership, the OCC wants to be a productive partner in revitalizing public care.
“A strong public system is one that puts patients at the center of health care reform and provides Ontarians with the best-in-class care that they deserve,” says Allan O’Dette, President & CEO of the OCC. “There is a great opportunity for the private sector to play a productive role alongside a robust and sustainable public health care system. Partnering with both for- and non-profit experts can provide the public sector with new ideas, improve access to innovation and build confidence in Ontario industry.”
Over the course of four reports, the OCC’s Health Transformation Initiative has pointed to the overarching theme of making use of private sector expertise as a way to improve Ontario’s health care system. With a vision for a sustainable and prosperous health sector that involves private sector participation, the fifth and final report, Health Transformation: An Action Plan for Ontario highlights the top three recommendations that government can implement today:
  • Shift Ontario towards a value-based health care system
  • Modernize procurement and supply chain processes
  • Better integrate Ontario’s technical discoveries and innovations into the public health care system
“Cross-industry collaboration is critical to solving some of the issues faced by Ontario’s health care sector,” suggests Rory Ring, CEO of the SSMCOC. “We need to do a better job connecting the experiences of care providers with the health science sector, so that Ontario researchers and entrepreneurs can understand the needs of our system and work towards solving pressing problems. We need to innovate intelligently, which means investing in the kinds of relationships that bring new value to our system. Adopting innovation into the Health Care system can also give entrepreneurs in Sault Ste. Marie the opportunity to build new businesses and global opportunities.”
“Health care in Ontario is facing a number of hurdles and patients in Northern Ontario face additional unique challenges in accessing health care,” adds Paul Johnson, President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber. “By looking for ways to integrate private sector innovation into Ontario’s health strategy, we believe that we could find more ways to connect patients in the Sault to health services that might not be readily available here. We also believe that there are opportunities to be found that would enhance northern health research opportunities, greatly benefitting both providers as well as the NOSM which has already greatly enhanced regional health care since its inception a few years ago.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce stresses that recommendations stemming from the report are intended to strengthen Ontario’s public system by looking for ways to integrate added value to Ontario taxpayers through innovation and cost-savings opportunities.
As part of its year-long Health Transformation Initiative, the OCC and the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber hosted a special Northern Health Economic Leadership Series event in March 2016, which featured a discussion on the health-related challenges and opportunities in Northern, remote and First Nations communities. A featured panel discussed how to foster innovation to help improve patient outcomes and build a thriving health sector.
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The complete report, Health Transformation: An Action Plan for Ontario can be found here.
A total of 773 OCC members were polled by Fresh Intelligence via an online methodology between October 25th 2016 and November 30th 2016. A total of 1004 Ontarians were polled by The Gandalf Group between December 28th, 2016 and January 3rd 2017. A random probability sample of this size has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.