Ontarians Connect To More Health Care Options

    Making It Easier To Find The Health Care You Need

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -


    Ontarians can now find health care close to home with the click of a
    For the first time, information about local health services is available
in a single place: www.ontario.ca/healthcareoptions. Using this site, people
can find the nearest walk-in and after-hours clinics, urgent care centres,
family health teams, general practitioners and emergency rooms by typing in
their postal codes.
    The new service is being updated regularly, and will soon be expanded to
offer information on all front-line health services in Ontario including
Community Care Access Centres, laboratories and long-term care homes.
    The government is also introducing Health Care Connect, a new program to
help people find a family health care provider. Ontarians can call
1-800-445-1822 to register with the program, and those who need care most will
be helped first.
    Connecting Ontarians to better health care
(http://www.ontario.ca/en/communities/health/index.htm) is part of the
McGuinty government's commitment to strengthening our province by increasing
access to family care and reducing emergency room wait times.


    "This tool will help Ontarians make the right health care choices. The
best health care service may be closer than people think," said Premier Dalton
    "When Ontarians are sick or hurt, their first instinct might be to go to
an emergency room. This service will help them get the care they need, faster
and closer to home," said David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.


    -   Hospital emergency rooms in Ontario see more than five million
        patients every year.

    -   About half of emergency room visits are for less urgent conditions or
        non-urgent conditions (for example, chronic back pain or a sore


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