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Struggle of Ontario Doctors

Posted by Brian Shevel on 15 June 2016

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region (www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the struggle of Ontario doctors to communicate with home care patients.

A study conducted by Health Quality Ontario found that only 29% of doctors in the province communicate with patients once they have made the move to home care. This is one of the lowest percentage of all the provinces in Canada and across the developed world. (Source: "Connecting patients with home care and community services among biggest challenges for Ontario family doctors," June 2, 2016 http://finance.yahoo.com/news/connecting-patients-home-care-community-123000709.html.)

"It's difficult to see Ontario performing this poorly when it comes to creating doors of communication between doctors and patients who are receiving home care," says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "If there is any hope of making an effective transition to an improved health care system, then better communication with home care patients is an essential part of the process."

The report also noted that barriers presented by the system do, in fact, make communication difficult. More specifically, patients often go through several different settings during their care, and not properly monitoring these settings leads to breakdowns along the way.

"A single patient could have seen a family doctor at their office, as well as been in the hospital ward, an emergency room, and a rehab centre," Shevel explains. "Not communicating effectively at each step lessens the possibility of effective treatment."

"However, there were some positives in the report, including 90% of Ontario doctors admitting they receive reports from specialists," Shevel concludes. "Also, doctors said that only 25% of procedures from family physicians had to be repeated because of results not being available."

Home Care Assistance Toronto/York region continues to offer home care support for seniors within its community and is willing and open to working with doctors to improve the health care system in Ontario. Learn more about caregivers from Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region by visiting www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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