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Catching up to the rest of the world: reforming primary care in Ontario

14 Oct 2016

 In their recent report to the provincial government on primary care reform, Dr. David Price and Elizabeth Baker suggested a fundamental shift in how primary care is delivered, calling for a model where doctors would serve everyone in a geographic area and be organized under Patient Care Groups.

Price, Professor and Chair of McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine, was the Provincial Primary Care Lead and the Chair of the Provincial Expert Advisory Panel on Primary Care. Last May the panel submitted to the Ontario government a plan for care to become more co-ordinated, equitable and accountable.

Price will draw from the recommendations in that report and the reaction to it in a CHEPA seminar, titled Catching up to the rest of the world.

 The seminar will be held Weds. Oct. 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in CRL B-119. All are welcome to attend.

Price, a Primary Health Care Medical Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, is an expert in primary care reform and healthcare policy development. In addition to leadership roles at McMaster, he also acts as a consultant and advisor to local, regional and provincial government bodies.

Locally, he was the founding director of the Maternity Centre of Hamilton, a multidisciplinary centre that cares for prenatal and intrapartum patients. Price was also instrumental in helping to create the academic Family Health Team at McMaster University, an inter-professional team serving more than 35,000 patients in the Hamilton area.  He was also a key player in the development of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton. 

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