MUSKOKA, ON-The MPP announced a new health care program is bringing the right service to those who need it.

In a meeting today at the Bracebridge Fire Department, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka Norm Miller represented Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliot to announce the new health care program titled The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team (MAOHT).

The new program aims to unite various types of health services to be able to deliver the right service to those who need it.

This care will also allow doctors and other health professionals to have a full understanding of your health record and history as well as be on call whenever you need them.

The services that will be provided are not just physical, mental health professionals will also be available. Dr. David Mathies, Family Physician and MAOHT Steering Committee Chair said “The Canadian Mental Health Association, Muskoka-Parry Sound branch is excited about this announcement and we hope for improved transitions for our clients through integrated mental health and addiction services.”

Miller said that this new program will be built on four pillars. Its goals are keeping patients as healthy as possible in their communities and out of hospitals, providing the right care in the right place, improved patient flow to ensure that no one is lost in the system and families are being overlooked and to build up their patient care capacity.

“We are lacking in the space to treat the growing number of patients, so this program will help us decide on where to send those who are looking for help,” said Miller.

The first wave of Ontario Health Teams is currently being approved after an extensive and readiness assessment process, which involved significant time, collaboration, research and effort from partners across the health care field.

The government is continuing to work with its partners to review applications to become an Ontario Health Team.

The program is set to take effect in 2020.