Creating Community-based Specialty Clinics in Ontario

This project was initiated to assist the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as it considers how to support the creation and growth of not-for-profit, community-based specialty clinics that offer a variety of procedures, tests and assessments that have historically been offered in hospital settings. Surgical procedures such as cataract surgery, diagnostic tests such as colonoscopies, and a wide range of clinical assessments, are among the services that could be offered at these clinics. An evidence brief to inform deliberations at a stakeholder dialogue provides relevant research evidence and addresses issues such as how to determine which services should be offered in specialty clinics, and how to commission, fund and govern such clinics. (Dialogue held May 22, 2013)