I spent the first 20 years of my life fighting to get out of an institution, only to spend the rest of it keeping the institution from descending upon me. What I mean by that is that the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) system will connect, coordinate and plan all health service delivery within their area. It is indeed an institution without walls and I will be in the middle of it, and unless Direct Funding (DF) stays outside the LHIN system, I will be controlled by it and accountable to it. And while that might not be bad for the individual who wants to speed up access to treatment, and for whom the time with LHIN intersection is limited, my concern remains for people –like me – who will be intersecting with a LHIN for daily, essential support.
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