The Excellent Care for All Act, 2010
The Excellent Care for All Act puts patients first by improving the quality and value of the patient experience through the application of evidence-based health care. It will improve health care while ensuring that the system we rely on today is there for future generations.
The hospital sector will implement these legislative changes first, and results from hospitals will be assessed before extending the requirements to other health sectors.
The legislation includes requirements for:
- Quality committees, which will report to health care organizations on quality-related issues
- Annual quality improvement plans, which each health care organization will be required to develop and make public
- Executive compensation which will be required to be linked to achieving improvement targets set out in the annual quality improvement plan
- Patient/client/caregiver surveys to assess satisfaction with services
- Staff surveys to assess satisfaction with employment experience and views about the quality of care provided by the health care organization
- Declarations of values that will be developed after public consultation by health care organizations that are currently without one.
- Patient relations process to address patient experience issues and reflect its declaration of values
The legislation also expands the mandate of the Ontario Health Quality Council to recommend evidence-based delivery of health care based on clinical practice guidelines. The council will also make recommendations on possible changes to the way health care is covered and paid for to ensure that it is consistent with the evidence.
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