Health Minister Jane Philpott was the special guest speaker at a recent chamber luncheon on the innovations in healthcare. The event was organized by the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce.

In her speech, Minister Philpott touched on development in research, specifically with the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and Canadian Institute for Health Research.

These health resources helped create vaccines for Ebola virus which were shipped to West Africa and they continue to work on vaccines for viruses like Zika and others.

Philpott also mentioned crucial innovations in Canadian health care which include more personal and individualized treatment.

“We’re saying goodbye to an era where we use a ‘one size fits all’ approach, where everybody with the same condition got exactly the same treatment.”

“We’re entering a new world where we’re going to be able to know much better which exact cancer treatment will work best on a particular patient, which exact anti-depressant might work best on a particular patient because of what we can learn about that person’s genetic makeup.”

Philpott did mention that there is plenty of room for improvement, mostly in the form of electronic accessibility and focusing deeply on primary care. That includes establishing a Province-wide system in which every patient can access their health records and having access to homecare and mental healthcare.

These are significant issues the Federal Government has addressed in the 2017 budget allocating $6 billion over 10 years for home care, and $5 billion over 10 years to support mental health initiatives.

“Like healthcare across the country, we are seeing more and more care getting to people’s homes and we have made major investments in homecare,” added Philpott.

“We find ways to get people the care they need in the community using a whole range of healthcare professionals including nurses, paramedics and others so that people can get the care they need and it’s much more sustainable.”