Paramedicine Program Extended Until 2021
The Community Paramedicine Program received some good news recently when they found their provincial funding has been renewed until March of 2021.
The program aims to reduce non-urgent 9-1-1 calls and emergency department visits, improve primary health care access, and provide preventative health care to patients with chronic and complex health issues.
Muskoka Paramedic Services recently told the District's health services committee that 100 per cent funding from the province has allowed them to staff 12 hours of home visits per week. There were 30 patients enrolled in the home visit program in 2019, and a total of 183 visits were completed.
The program also allowed paramedics to carry out 167 community referrals and conduct eight wellness clinics throughout the District.
Stuart McKinnon, the Deputy Chief of Paramedic Services and Emergency Planning, said one example of the program’s success is that four high-risk patients’ emergency calls were reduced by more than 70 percent in 2019 from 2018 through home visits, education, and assisting in establishing coordinated care plans.