Patient-based health care: Take away the phrase and the Minister of Health’s speeches would be little more than clean white sheets of paper.
There is an air of unreality when you see those trusted with stewardship of our health system using this phrase in new and unusual ways. It’s like somebody sent out a memo: this year is about patient-based care. Attach it to everything you do.
At last week’s Insight Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care, Miin Alikhan, director of the Health Quality Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, presented on the government funding “reforms,” including patient-based funding.
What is patient-based funding? It’s basically what they are moving the doctors away from — another version of fee for service although the exact mechanics are a bit unclear.
You don’t often associate funding reform with patient-based care. Evidently previous funding models didn’t apply to caring for patients.