The Prince Edward County Healthcare Advisory Committee is expressing its concerns ahead of the release of the “Patient’s First Report.”
The report being completed by the Local Health Integrated Network focuses on primary care and creating sub-regions to allocate funding through.
Healthcare Committee chair Treat Hull addressed the horseshoe Thursday, saying in principle the report looks great, the County is already doing much of it.
“We are already doing it,” he said. “We are a model if not the model.”
Hull went on to say there are opportunities and challenges in this report.
“The most extreme opportunity is if the County were chosen to be a sub-region then we would have a pot of money and how would it get divided up? The challenge is, if we can’t become a sub-region we have to ensure our identity isn’t merged into others.”
In her presentation to the committee of the whole, vice chair Barbara Proctor said the County doesn’t qualify as a sub-region because of population.
It’s unclear how many sub-regions the LHIN plans to create. but the former South Marysburgh councillor agreed with Hull stressing the importance of maintaining the high level of patient care services so they don’t become become diluted.
Proctor says their committee meetings are open to the public for anyone looking to provide more input on the report that is due to be complete at the end of March.