Background Information

In December 2012, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced the creation of 19 early adopter Health Links across the province. Since December, a total of 26 Health Links have been approved.  Over time, Health Links will be expanded across the province.

Improve access to family care for seniors and patients with complex conditions

  • Reduce avoidable emergency room visits
  • Reduce unnecessary re-admission to hospitals shortly after discharge
  • Reduce time for referral from primary care doctor to specialist appointment
  • Improve the patient’s experience during their journey through the health care system

Health Links are part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, by providing faster access and a stronger link to family health care, and by providing access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Health Links will be accountable to their LHIN for achieving specific short and long term goals which are in line with provincial goals. Early focus will be placed on:

  • Developing coordinated care plans for patients with complex needs
  • Increasing the number of complex and senior patients with regular and timely access to a primary care provider

Background Documents

December 6, 2012 Health Links Announcement; Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Improving Care for High-Needs Patients; News Release

About Health Links; Backgrounder

Ontario Health Links; Locations

Additional Resources

Transforming Ontario's Health Care System; Community Health Links provide coordinated, efficient and effective care to patients with complex needs


Health Links bestPATH Engagement Day Presentation

BestPATH Program Summary