CREATING A SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN ONTARIO

TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - With a provincial election only six months away, Ontario Medical Association (OMA) President Dr. Mark MacLeod reminded policy makers that health care is the number one priority for Ontarians in the upcoming provincial election.

In a speech to health care and business leaders at the Toronto Board of Trade, Dr. MacLeod pointed to recent polling conducted on behalf of the OMA that reveals nine in ten Ontarians feel that health care is the most important issue.  As well, Dr. MacLeod noted that Ontario's health care system is under serious threat and that the rising costs of health care are unsustainable.

Dr. MacLeod offered a blueprint on several ways to effectively manage and modernize the health care system, which in turn will make it sustainable for the future.  Those steps include:

  • Expanding access to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs);
  • Strengthening health care administration and bureaucracy;
  • Implementing innovative solutions, such as Independent Health Facilities to address ongoing challenges in the health care system; and
  • Promoting healthier living.

Earlier this year, Ontario's doctors released a policy platform, "Better care.  Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario." The platform contains a thoughtful and practical set of 41 policy recommendations that will have a positive impact on patient care and help strengthen Ontario's health-care system. Ontario's doctors hope political parties will incorporate these recommendations into their respective platforms. Better care.  Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario.  is available at www.oma.org.

Quotes

"We are facing a challenge, and at the same time, a real opportunity to reshape the health care system into a better one that is focused on value and effectiveness. We must make radical, fundamental changes in how we think about and how we deliver health care."

Mark MacLeod, MD, President of the Ontario Medical Association

"Health care costs are going up and tough decisions are going to have to be made.  Ultimately, Canadians will decide if they are willing to pay more for a system that works better but it would be a mistake not to get their input on what they want before any changes are made."

Mark MacLeod, MD, President of the Ontario Medical Association

Quick Facts

  • Today, health care sector spending accounts for 46 cents of every program dollar and could consume nearly 70 cents in 12 years if left unchecked;
  • Since 2004, Ontario's doctors have helped over 1.3 million patients find a physician;
  • Over 5,000 doctors now manage patients' health information electronically, and more than 5 million Ontarians have an electronic medical record.

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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