The government is helping patients get faster access to the right care by removing barriers for nurse practitioners to directly refer their patients to a specialist, and to directly receive the specialist's advice.
Ontario is amending the Health Insurance Act and changing the way specialists receive consultation fees to:
Previously, patients with a nurse practitioner as their primary care provider had to also see a physician in order to be referred to a specialist. Now, the nurse practitioner can refer directly to the specialist, which will enable nurse practitioners to provide a service that they already have the training to perform.
Nurse practitioners play a crucial part in providing patients with faster access to the right care. Supporting nurse practitioners in Ontario is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.
“Nurse practitioners play a crucial part in providing faster access to the right care for our communities. Supporting nurse practitioners by amending the Health Insurance Act is vital to improve our health care system and build Ontario up.”
-Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orléans
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