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Launch--Access to Health Care Services Chapter, POWER Study

Toronto, Ontario, and Online
March 30, 2010

1:00-3:00 p.m.
193 Yonge Street, 8th floor boardroom

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Evidence-Based Health Report) is producing a comprehensive provincial Report on women's health. The Report is designed to serve as an evidence-based tool to help policy makers, health care providers and consumers improve the health of, and reduce inequities among, the women of Ontario. We report on the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among diverse groups of women across the province. The Report incorporates a broad set of indicators that focus on women's health status, their access to health care services, the quality of the care they receive and the outcomes of that care across the continuum of care.

We are releasing the Access to Health Care Services chapter. Access to health care services continues to be an important issue for women and men in Ontarians. Lack of access to services can result in costly and potentially avoidable complications, increased morbidity (sickness), health services utilization and reduced quality of life. The chapter reports on the access to health care services experienced by Ontarians, and how it differs by sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, time since immigration, language and geography. Wherever possible, analyses were done at the LHIN level.

The chapter includes three sections:

  1. Access to primary care
  2. Access to care for chronic conditions
  3. Access and wait times for specialized services and home care

By painting a picture of inequities in health care access in the province, opportunities for improvement are identified and objective evidence is presented to inform priority setting and to provide a baseline from which to measure progress.

To attend in person, please RSVP by March 29th, to [email protected] or call (416) 864-3041. If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to designate someone in your place. To attend via videoconference:

For more information on the POWER Study or to download our previous chapters, go to

The POWER Study is a multi-year project funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.