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Ontario’s doctors in the news

In the News:

LHIN plan could jeopardize public health funds: letter; Hamilton medical officer concerned integration would favour acute care [Hamilton Spectator]

New geriatric clinic coming together as a result of community collaboration [Orillia Packet and Times]

Top doc backs ‘living wage’ plan [London Free Press]

News Release: Ontarians send strong message to government about funding for doctors

p style=”text-align: center;”>Ontarians send strong message to government about funding for doctors in upcoming provincial budget

Toronto, ON Feb. 18, 2016 – Nearly 90 per cent of Ontarians believe funding for the care doctors provide should be a priority in the upcoming provincial budget, according to a new public opinion poll.

“Since February 2015, the Ontario government has cut nearly seven per cent to funding that goes towards all of the necessary care that doctors provide,” said Dr. Mike Toth, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). “In addition, the government has unilaterally imposed a hard cap on the funding it will provide for physician services, despite the fact that we have a growing and aging population that are driving an increase in the need for medical care.”

A new public opinion poll independently conducted by Angus Reid Forum and commissioned by the OMA, reveals that 89 per cent of Ontarians believe funding for doctors should be a priority in the upcoming 2016 provincial budget. The poll also reveals that:

  • Only 29 per cent of Ontarians believe the provincial government is doing a good job managing the health-care system (fully 47% believe they are doing a poor job); and
  • Only 30 per cent of Ontarians believe the provincial government is doing a good job ensuring Ontarians have access to the doctors they need.

“The ongoing cuts in funding to the doctors Ontarians rely on are clearly offside the opinion of the vast majority of Ontarians,” said Dr. Toth, “The results of this latest poll should cause the government to rethink its approach to funding for the province’s doctors.”

In addition to the overwhelming polling results, more than 58,000 Ontarians have signed a petition or signed up online to oppose the government’s ongoing cuts to the necessary care doctors provide every day. Furthermore, the proposal to fully fund medical care finished first in the Budget Talks health care category, as voted on by Ontarians as part of the government’s online pre-budget consultations.

“I’m proud of the work Ontario’s doctors have done in bringing together concerned citizens who oppose the government’s ongoing cuts to funding for physician services,” said Dr. Toth. “If the government won’t listen to or work with Ontario’s doctors, it’s our hope it will listen to the voters who elected it to office.”

A growing number of patients across Ontario are speaking out: “As a palliative care volunteer, mother of two and daughter-in-law with elder care responsibilities, I’m very concerned about the health system and see how difficult it is for some people to get the care they need,” said Daryl Webber of Manotick. “I’ve signed the petition put forth by doctors, written letters to the Premier and Minister of Health, and followed the Ontario government’s pre-budget consultations because it’s clear that cuts to physician services will only hurt patients.”

Each petition, which calls on the government to resume negotiations with Ontario’s doctors to reach an agreement that protects quality, patient-focused care, is sent to the government, as well as individual members of the provincial legislature, who are formally presenting them into the legislature. Ontarians who sign-up online in support of the province’s doctors receive updates on the government’s ongoing cuts to funding for physician services and are provided the tools needed to have their concerns and voices heard.

Budget Talks is an online consultation tool the Ontario government says is offered for the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the province’s future.

Polling methodology:

An online survey conducted by Angus Reid Forum with a sample size of 799 residents of Ontario, representative of the province based on age, gender and region, was fielded from February 3 to 4, 2016. A random sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +3.46 per cent.

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The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600
Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org

Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations
Office: 416-599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008
Mobile: 647-300-0081
Email: danielle.milley@oma.org

Ontario’s doctors in the news

In the News:

Aging population means health-care system checkup for Durham, rest of Ontario [DurhamRegion.com]

Halton Health Department has concerns with government’s proposed changes to health system [Oakville Beaver]

Ontario’s doctors in the news

Letter to the Editor
Elect an MPP who will build a strong, thriving community by Dr. Greg Athaide [Whitby This Week and Durhamregion.com]

Ontario’s doctors announce Check-Up Ontario

Ontario’s doctors announce Check-Up Ontario, a province-wide consultation tour to identify patient-first solutions for chronic conditions affecting the aging population

Toronto, ON Jan. 20, 2016 – In an effort to identify and help implement patient-first solutions to tackle the looming challenges posed by an aging population, Ontario’s doctors today announced Check-Up Ontario, a doctor-led consultation tour across Ontario.

“Ensuring we are able to adequately respond to the challenges posed by an aging population with increasingly chronic and complex care needs is the single biggest issue facing Ontario’s health-care system,” said Dr. Mike Toth, president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). “The decisions we make today will impact all patients’ ability to access quality care in the years to come.”

As part of Check-Up Ontario, Ontario’s doctors will:

– Launch an expert and public consultation tour in six cities across Ontario to identify key chronic care challenges, including those facing aging patients living with chronic conditions;

– Convene Ontario’s leading health-care experts to determine new and innovative ideas on how to improve patient-focused care by tackling the challenges posed by an aging population; and

– Develop and release policies and recommendations to help begin solving the challenges posed by chronic conditions and an aging population.

The complex care needs of Ontarians with chronic conditions impact not only the patients themselves, but also their loved ones who often, particularly in the case of aging patients, serve as caregivers and ‘quarterbacks’ in coordinating care.

The ongoing failure to adequately tackle these challenges will risk the quality of care offered to all Ontarians. According to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a national alliance of leading scientific and engineering societies, “over the past 15 years, three federal reviews and several provincial independent commissions, Canadians have consistently called for changes to their health-care system. Clearly, the current capacity for the Canadian health-care system to meet the needs of people living with chronic conditions is limited. The human and economic costs of inaction are unacceptable and growing.”

“The province’s health-care system is facing very serious challenges at a time when patients and caregivers are relying more and more on the care doctors provide,” said Dr. Toth. “That’s why Ontario’s doctors are launching Check-Up Ontario—we owe it to all patients to identify new and innovative solutions to tackle the very serious challenges posed by an aging population.”

Through their consultations with community leaders, advocates and health-care experts, Ontario’s doctors will identify what patients and families need from the system, as well as what physicians need from the system, in order to ensure timely access to patient-focused care in Ontario.

“Ontario’s doctors are advocating for a health-care system that is focused on meeting patient needs,” added Dr. Toth. “We are caring for elderly and chronically-ill patients every day and know that by working together, we can improve care and solve the challenges facing our health-care system.”

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Backgrounder on Chronic Conditions
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600
Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org

Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations
Office: 416-599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008
Mobile: 647-300-0081
Email: danielle.milley@oma.org

Ontario’s Doctors in the News

In the News:

Docs’ attack ads; OMA’s new TV spots rip Grits over provincial healthcare [Toronto Sun]

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 patients join doctors in calling on government to make health care a priority

Monday, Dec. 14 Toronto, ON – In less than eight weeks, more than 16,000 Ontarians have called on the government to resume negotiations with Ontario’s doctors to reach an agreement that protects quality, patient-focused care.

People from all across Ontario have signed a petition urging the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to return to the table with Ontario’s doctors and work together through mediation-arbitration to reach a fair deal that puts patients first.

“Ontario’s doctors put their patients first every day and that’s why we’ve been working hard to resolve this dispute with government,” said Dr. Mike Toth, President, Ontario Medical Association. “We are encouraged to see so many patients becoming involved in this issue as awareness grows every day.”

Every petition is sent to the government, as well as individual members of the provincial legislature, who are formally presenting them into the legislature. Since its release, the petition has been read into the record, on average, twice each day that the legislature has been sitting. Overall, 23 MPPs have read the petition into the record, including both opposition party critics for Health and Long-Term Care.

This action comes as the Ontario government has unilaterally cut funding for physician services by almost seven per cent since February. This funding covers all the necessary care provided to patients by doctors.

“We’re pleased to have the support of so many Ontarians. They understand that the decisions Ontario makes today will impact patients’ access – their access – to quality care in the years to come and that these cuts will threaten access to the quality, patient-focused care that they expect for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Toth. “The government’s continued cuts to the care doctors provide are simply not sustainable.”

Ontario’s population is growing and aging – for the first time the number of seniors in the province is greater than that of children. The need for care is increasing, while funding is decreasing. A recent poll commissioned for the Ontario Medical Association found that 85 per cent of Ontarians trust doctors to make decisions about the future of the health-care system. Only 15 per cent said they trust the provincial government to do the same.

In total, the petition has been read 39 times in the house. Petitions are available in doctor’s offices and clinics, as well as online at putontariopatientsfirst.com

“We expect when the legislature resumes sitting in February we will have collected thousands more signatures and will have dozens more copies of the petition waiting to be read,” said Dr. Toth. “The chorus of voices calling on the government to reverse its harmful cuts is only going to get louder.”

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The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600
Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org

Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations
Office: 416-599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008
Mobile: 647-300-0081
Email: danielle.milley@oma.org

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