Ontario shifting home care to private clinics as province seeks savings

by Kelly Grant and Elizabeth Church, Globe and Mail

"An increasing number of patients discharged from hospital must travel to centrally located clinics to save the home-care system moneyWhen Jennifer Sewell had a benign cyst removed from her left breast last summer, the procedure was supposed to be a straightforward day surgery.

Instead, the 40-year-old mother of two from rural Southwestern Ontario developed an infection at her incision site, a wound that took more than five months to heal.

In that time, Ms. Sewell received a crash course in the new world of Ontario home care, one in which the treatment patients need is not necessarily delivered in their homes, but rather in privately operated clinics that have brought significant savings to the province’s Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), the 14 publicly funded organizations that co-ordinate nursing visits and personal care in homes across Canada’s largest province.

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