March 13th, 2019 – The Pursuit of Patient-Centred Care: CCSN Ready for Patient-Involvement

[OTTAWA, ON March 13th, 2019] – The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) is pleased to hear that the Ontario government is working to ensure that the province’s healthcare system is patient-centred, achieves better patient outcomes and is innovative and efficient in its delivery of care.

On February 26th, the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care tabled Bill 74 The People’s Healthcare Act. The Bill envisions a transformation of the healthcare system in Ontario and if passed will consolidate several governmental agencies, such as the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), into a single agency called Ontario Health.

Reforming healthcare is no easy task as it will require maneuvering through complex infrastructures for the delivery of care as well as collaboration with various stakeholders on consultation and implementation. These changes will impact the way patients and survivors experience and receive care, regardless of its model. With many Ontarians, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network is concerned that these changes may result in a deterioration of services rather than progress to truly patient-centred care.

As one of the few national patient groups that operate as an educational bridge on cancer care and healthcare between the public, patient communities and decision-makers, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) would like to offer its assistance to the Ontario government in this transformation from our valuable community of patients, survivors and caregivers in the province.

About the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
CCSN works to connect patients, survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision makers and the wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and social costs of cancer. CCSN encourages and conducts research on ways to overcome barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in Canada. Visit us at


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Jackie Manthorne, President & CEO: – 613-898-1871