Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Our Family Health Team is an important part of the Ontario government’s plan to build an improved health care system.
Family Health Teams:
Improve access to care
- “The first choice of Ontario’s family medical residents is now to practice in FHT’s.”
- FHTs have made it easier for rural and northern communities to recruit health professionals.
- FHTs have enrolled 555,000 patients who previously had no regular doctor. More than 2.6 million Ontarians –that’s one in five—are currently enrolled in Family Health Teams.
Have the potential to reduce the total cost of care
- Interprofessional care and support for patient self-care are two critical ingredients to reduce risk, slow progression, and avoid unnecessary suffering and costs
- One in three Ontarians live with one or more chronic diseases. Health Quality Ontario reported these diseases are directly or indirectly linked to 55% of all health costs (2011 Report).
- With interprofessional teams and a focus on chronic disease prevention and management, FHT’s can reduce avoidable suffering, emergency visits and use of more expensive health services.
- With support to make full use of electronic medical records (EMRs) and performance measurement, FHTs could accelerate their ability to improve health and reduce the total cost of care for their patients.