Accountability and Transparency

Recent Government of Ontario legislation has focused efforts on improving quality, accountability and transparency in our health system. Some of the legislation includes:

The Local Health System Integration Act, 2006. Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are responsible for local health system planning and community engagement. As of April 1, 2007, the LHINs have also assumed responsibility for funding a wide range of health service providers and for managing the majority of service agreements with health service providers. Hospital Service Accountability Agreements outline the responsibilities of the LHIN and its local hospitals. 

The Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 puts patients first by improving the quality and value of the patient experience through the application of evidence-based health care. It will improve health care while ensuring that the system we rely on today is there for future generations. 

The Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 (BPSAA) was introduced on October 20, 2010 and received Royal Assent on December 8, 2010. The BPSAA establishes new rules and higher accountability standards for hospitals, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and broader public sector organizations. 

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996 requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year. 

This legislation is in keeping with the spirit of SAH's philosophy. Being accountable to our patients and community is essential to earning trust and building a reputation for excellence. "Accountability" means making the right clinical and managerial decisions, managing resources efficiently, measuring our performance and doing that in an open and transparent manner.