Archive for: December, 2015

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

Letter to the Editor Challenge the rhetoric by Dr. Wendy McCullough [Kingston Whig Standard] DOCTORS’ DAY 2017 Check out how we celebrated…

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

In the News New doctor feels government roadblocks hamper her return to city [Windsor Star] Letters to the Editor Doctors disagree with MPP’s suggestions [Kingston Whig Standard] DOCTORS’ DAY 2017 Check out how we celebrated…

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

Letters to the Editor Future of medical services at risk, head of local doctors group fears; Bagga says cutting physician fees may result in MDs leaving province [Windsor Star] Angered by Kiwala letter by Dr. Colleen Webster [Kingston Whig Standard] DOCTORS’ DAY 2017 Check out how we celebrated…

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

Letters to the Editor ‘Just getting started’; Tired of being painted as the bad guys, doctors begin to shoot back [Toronto Sun] DOCTORS’ DAY 2017 Check out how we celebrated…

Ontario’s Doctors in the news

Physician blogs

Patients First?? by Dr. Gail Beck [blog]

Ontario’s doctors in the news

In the News

Ontario Medical Association asking government to return to bargaining table [Kenora Daily Miner & News]

Contract issues magnifying recruitment and retention problems [Kenora Daily Miner & News]

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

In the News

Critical condition?; Pay cap, retirements and departures could lead to rise in number of people without family doctor [Kingston Whig-Standard]

Ontario’s doctors remain committed to patient-focused care

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 Toronto, ON – Ontario’s doctors welcome the government’s discussion paper on reforms to the province’s health-care system. The discussion paper contains many of the guiding principles doctors have long advocated for, including ensuring access to a family doctor for all Ontarians, equitable access to inter-professional care, effective integration of patient care, and timely and appropriate access.

Many of the proposed reforms promise to help improve Ontario’s health-care system. However, strengthening patient-focused care, which the government has indicated is a key priority of these reforms, cannot be achieved while the government continues to cut funding for physician services. Since February 2015, the government has cut by almost seven per cent the funding for the necessary care Ontario’s doctors provide to patients.

Furthermore, long-term system transformation necessitates a long-term, stable funding mechanism. That is why Ontario’s doctors have asked for a binding dispute resolution mechanism, which would provide a permanent and stable framework in which Ontario’s doctors and the government could work collaboratively to make decisions about the future of the health-care system. The government has so far refused this request, which is why in October 2015 Ontario’s doctors launched a Charter challenge against the Government of Ontario.

Given the magnitude of the changes being considered and the lack of details provided, Ontario’s doctors have concerns with the timeline laid out for discussion. Any reform to Ontario’s health-care system must draw on the expertise and ideas of doctors, who are on the front lines providing care to patients every day.

At its Board of Directors meeting this week, the Ontario Medical Association endorsed the creation of a Primary Health Care Advisory Group. Ontario’s doctors and the government have worked as partners in the past to improve the province’s health-care system. We remain willing to return to working together.

Dr. Mike Toth,
President
Ontario Medical Association

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

Letter to the Editor

Doctors are on the side of health care, by Dr. Michael Toth [Hamilton Spectator]

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

In the News

Doctor’s meeting with health minister hits roadblock [Toronto Sun]

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