The Value of LHINs
In 2006, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care divided the province into 14 regions or Local Health Integration Networks (more succinctly known as LHINs) because, it was thought, people living locally were better able to plan, fund and integrate health services in their own communities. By April 1, 2007, LHINs took on full responsibility for health services in their communities.
What does this mean?
LHINs are the only organizations in Ontario that bring together health care partners from the following sectors – hospitals, community care, community support services, community mental health and addictions, community health centres and long-term care – to develop innovative, collaborative solutions leading to more timely access to high quality services for the residents of Ontario. By supporting these important partnerships, LHINs are ensuring that Ontarians have access to an effective and efficient health care system that delivers improved health care results and a better patient experience. To learn more, please click here.
One of our health system’s biggest challenges is the number of patients waiting in hospitals for alternate levels of care (ALC). Home First is one of the many ways successes with lowering rates of ALC are taking place. Home First puts patients first and ensures their needs are met safely, comfortably, and with quality – in a preferred location – Home. To learn more, please click here.
LHINs are still relatively young organizations, but have done a tremendous amount of work. You can see for yourself by viewing a specific LHIN website (find them here).
If you need help finding your LHIN, enter your postal code at right and it will locate your LHIN for you.