Policy makers in Ontario and elsewhere have recognized that pharmacists must be able to practice to their full potential in order to deliver the best health care possible. They must also have sustainable businesses that enable them to provide the wide range of services on which their patients depend.
Pharmacists are critical to the sustainability of the healthcare system through ensuring the appropriate use of medications and optimizing health outcomes, and delivering programs in areas such as chronic disease management, wellness and patient self-management. Yet many decision-makers and key opinion leaders have struggled with the policies, processes and infrastructure needed to integrate pharmacists and medication management services into a complex healthcare reform environment.
Ontario has committed to a proactive approach to healthcare reform with the objective of creating a healthcare system that is patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable. The Ontario Pharmacist’s Association is committed to working with government and other stakeholders to ensure pharmacists are properly integrated and supported in the models and organizations needed to meet this vision.
Fundamental changes to the health care system will be required to achieve this goal. Ontario pharmacists and the professional association that represents them are ready to provide skills, expertise, and workable solutions to help make this happen.