Statement from Ontario's Doctors

TORONTO, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors were pleased to learn that the Ontario PC Party has included several health care policy initiatives in their election platform as recommended by the Ontario Medical Association.  In January, Ontario's doctors released, 'Better care. Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario.' and called for increasing long-term care capacity and investments into home support services, which were announced today by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak as key planks of their health care platform.

Ontario's doctors are especially pleased with the commitment to increase the number of residency positions for Ontario students who have received their medical training abroad and want to come home to practice.  Ensuring every person has access to a physician has been a top priority for Ontario's doctors and this policy initiative is another good step towards achieving that objective.

Ontario's economic recovery, provincial debt and personal finances have been a focal point for all three parties, but recent polling reveals that patients want health care to be a priority.  Specifically,  9 in 10 Ontarians feel that health care is the most important issue and health care is more important by a 2-1 margin over fiscal issues such as jobs, taxes, debt and deficit.

Ontario's doctors will continue to be leading advocates when it comes to helping shape the future of our health care system.  We will continue to work with our partners to further strengthen our health care system and improve patient care, by focusing on other initiatives in our platform including expanding Electronic Medical Records, fighting childhood obesity and implementing a comprehensive mental health strategy.

Looking ahead to the provincial election in October, Ontario's doctors will be urging all political parties to make health care a top priority.  To learn more about what Ontario's doctors are recommending, please visit www.oma.org

Stewart Kennedy, MD
President, Ontario Medical Association


SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information:

OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862
www.oma.org
@Ontariosdoctors


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