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Perth Family Health Organization receives funding from province to boost family health care in area

Perth Medical Clinic – Photo via Google Street View

A Family Health Organization (FHO) in Perth recently received significant funding from the provincial government as part of the province’s investment in connecting people with primary health care teams.

The funding is to the Perth Family Health Organization, which includes three clinics: the Perth Medical Clinic, Elliot Street Clinic and Perth Family Medicine; it will support existing primary care teams in managing increased operational costs for facilities and supplies, and ensure timely access to services to a range of health care professionals including doctors, nurse practitioners, and more.

“We’re thrilled that the Province of Ontario has recognized the importance of family health care in Perth through the recent allocation of $3.1 million in funding towards the Perth Medical Clinic,” stated Acting Mayor Ed McPherson in a media release.

Both the Perth Family Health Organization and Tay River Health Clinic applied for FHO funding and council passed two resolutions last fall supporting both their efforts to secure funding.

“Town Council recognizes that further, and equitable, improvements to primary healthcare are needed in order to support residents of Perth and the surrounding areas, and to alleviate pressures on the overburdened emergency room at the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital,” states a media release from the town. “Council, along with senior staff, have been lobbying MPP John Jordan and Health Minister Sylvia Jones with requests to meet to solicit funding for all local FHOs and patients within the regional catchment area.”

McPherson expressed gratitude for the influx of much-needed healthcare funding into the community.

“We remain concerned about the inequity and continued lack of funding for over 10,000 patients in Perth and surrounding area,” McPherson said. “The Town strongly urges Minister Jones to reconsider this decision and provide funding to both of Perth’s Family Health Organizations. By funding all local FHOs, Perth will be another step closer to connecting all residents with primary care.”

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