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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is the Government of Ontario ministry responsible for administering the health care system and providing services to the Province of Ontario.

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History

The Public Health Act of 1882 created the Provincial Board of Health of Ontario, as it was originally known, and which was the first permanent health care administrative body in the Province. In 1925 it became the Department of Health. In 1930, the Department of Hospitals was established under the direction of the first Minister of Health; that Department became a division of the Department of Health in 1934.

Insured hospital services and insured physicians' services, introduced in 1959 and 1966 respectively, were combined under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) in 1972. The Department of Health became the Ministry of Health in 1971, and then the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in June, 1999.[1]

Ministry Organization

  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care: Deb Matthews (as of October 7, 2009)
  • Deputy Minister: Ron Sapsford
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate and Direct Services Division: Dawn Ogram
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources Strategy Division: Dr. Josh Tepper
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Accountability and Performance Division: Ken Deane
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Information Management and Investment Division: John McKinley
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Strategy Division: Adalsteinn Brown
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Public Drug Programs Division: Helen Stevenson
  • Public Health Division:
    • Assistant Deputy Minister: Allison Stuart
    • Chief Medical Officer of Health: Dr Arlene King (Previously Dr. Sheela Basrur)
    • Chief Nursing Officer: Vanessa Burkowski
  • Assistant Deputy Minister, Transition: Debbie Fischer
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Previous Ministers

Note: This is not a complete list

The Ministry of Health was renamed the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 1999, and subsequently Elizabeth Witmer was the final Minister of Health and the first Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care

Ministers of Health

  • Elizabeth Witmer (October 10, 1997 — June 17, 1999)
    • Cam Jackson (July 27, 1998 — June 17, 1999) As Minister of Long-Term Care which was subsequently combined with the Minister of Health in 1999
  • Jim Wilson (February 21, 1997 — October 10, 1997) Second time
  • David Johnson (December 09, 1996 — February 21, 1997) Interim Minister of Health
  • Jim Wilson (June 26, 1995 — December 09, 1996) First time
  • Ruth Grier (February 03, 1993 — June 26, 1995)
  • Frances Lankin (April 22, 1991 — February 03, 1993)
  • Evelyn Gigantes (October 01, 1990 — April 18, 1991)
  • Elinor Caplan (September 29, 1987 — October 01, 1990) Mother of David Caplan
  • Murray Elston (June 26, 1985 — September 29, 1987)
  • Philip Andrewes (May 17, 1985 — June 26, 1985)
  • Alan Pope (February 08, 1985 — May 17, 1985)
  • Keith Norton (July 06, 1983 — February 08, 1985)
    • Thomas Wells (October 11, 1983 — December 05, 1983) Second time
  • Lawrence "Larry" Grossman (February 13, 1982 — July 06, 1983)
  • Dennis Timbrell (February 03, 1977 — February 13, 1982)
  • Frank Miller (February 26, 1974 — February 03, 1977) Premier of Ontario, February 08, 1985 — June 26, 1985
  • Richard Potter (February 02, 1972 — February 26, 1974)
  • Albert Lawrence (March 01, 1971 — February 02, 1972)
  • Thomas Wells (August 13, 1969 — March 01, 1971) First time
  • Dr Matthew Dymond (December 22, 1958 — August 13, 1969)
  • Mackinnon Phillips (August 08, 1950 — December 22, 1958)
  • Russell Kelley (January 07, 1946 — August 08, 1950)
  • Reginald Vivian (August 17, 1943 — January 07, 1946)
  • Harold Kirby (October 12, 1937 — August 17, 1943)
  • James Faulkner (July 10, 1934 — October 12, 1937)
  • John Robb (September 16, 1930 — July 10, 1934)
  • Forbes Godfrey (April 17, 1924 — September 16, 1930)

Services and Programs

The Ministry also regulates hospitals and nursing homes; operates psychiatric hospitals and medical laboratories; and co-ordinates emergency health services for the Province.

The Ministry once operated ambulance services outside of major cities in Ontario, but the services were off-loaded to municipalities circa 1998.

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