What Is the Ministry of Health in Ontario Responsible For?


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The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for overseeing the health care system and the delivery of health care services in the province of Ontario, Canada. Just like in the rest of Canada, the ministry runs a publicly-funded health care system.

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Among the services and programs that the ministry runs are the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, Ontario Drug Benefit Program, Trillium Drug Program, long-term care and home care, as well as community and public health. The ministry also regulates all nursing homes, hospitals and medical laboratories.

Among its strategic roles are establishing the overall direction and priorities of Ontario's health system; developing legislation, regulations and directives to support those priorities; monitoring the health system's performance; and planning for funding initiatives.

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