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Inventory and Documentation of Outcomes of the 2004 Rural and Northern Networks Funding Initiative
E.F. Wenghofer, J.E. Sherman, R.W. Pong, and M.G. Delmege

The Rural and Northern Health Care Framework Funding Initiative was a one-time, $10M incentive program in 2003/2004 designed to facilitate the implementation of hospital networks in support of the 1997 Rural and Northern Health Framework. The Framework was developed to guide the MOHLTC and partners in restructuring health care services so as to improve access to and quality of health care in rural and northern Ontario. Projects funded under this initiative were to have been completed by early 2005.

This study investigated what has been achieved through the 2004 Rural and Northern Network Funding Initiative. By reviewing relevant documents and interviewing stakeholders, the project explored whether and how the funding initiative has advanced the objectives of the 1997 Rural and Northern Health Care Framework and the extent to which rural hospitals work collaboratively.

(commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

[To read the Summary Report of "Outcomes of the 2003-2004 Rural and Northern Networks Funding Initiative", please visit our Online Reports page.]



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