The IDCA and OHFA have completed and forwarded the submission requested by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding diagnostic technical services funding. Furthermore, we have received preliminary feedback from the Ministry indicating that our recommendations are being viewed as positive, workable and in keeping with the Ministry’s goals and objectives for a sustainable, accessible and quality diagnostic service delivery system in Ontario.
This is a very exciting time in our sector’s history. Community-based service providers are being recognized as key stakeholders and we continue to be invited to the Ministry table for discussions related to our sector and technical services generally. Our input and recommendations are being heard and we expect to have a strong voice in creating a model for the governance and compensation of our sector.
The underlying assumption of our submission was that Ontarians require access to both hospital and community-based services and that the viability of both sectors is important to ensure that the principles of quality, accessibility and sustainability are maintained. Every effort was made to ensure that the best interests of IHF owner/operators were balanced with the Ministry’s mandate and the rights of Ontarians.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact either the IDCA or OHFA directly. Your input is welcomed. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.