McGuinty Government Improves Access To Health Care In Mildmay

    Community Gets Boost As Family Health Team Opens Its Doors

    MILDMAY, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is increasing access
to doctors and nurses for Mildmay-area residents with the opening of the
Brockton and Area Family Health Team satellite clinic, Health and Long-Term
Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
    "Our government believes that the best health care is delivered close to
home," said Smitherman. "That's why we are creating Family Health Teams like
this new satellite clinic in Mildmay to give more people across the province
access to a family physician."
    "We know that people don't get sick conveniently between the hours of
nine and five," said Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce. "Mildmay residents
will benefit from improved access to health care services thanks to this new
Family Health Team and its staff."
    The Brockton and Area Family Health Team is one of 150 Family Health
Teams announced by the McGuinty government since April 2005. Family Health
Teams are designed around the needs of each community. They include doctors
who work with other health care providers such as nurse practitioners,
registered nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health workers and many
others depending on the needs of the local area.
    "Family Health Teams are pioneering the way we provide primary health
care services," said Smitherman. "It means patients will see health care
providers sooner to ensure their health remains intact."
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in improving and expanding access to comprehensive primary
care. Other initiatives include:

    -   Creating 16 Family Health Teams in the South West LHIN, that are
        already providing care to over 220,000 people

    -   Investing $1 million to renovate the South Huron Hospital in Exeter

    -   Uploading the province's share of public health funding from 50% to

    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care to build a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office,
(416) 327-4320; A.G. Klei, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416)
314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327 or 1-866-532-3161

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