TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - On the occasion of National Physician
Assistant Day and on behalf of all of Ontario's doctors, I would like
to take a moment to recognize physician assistants for their hard work
and dedication to patients. The role of physician assistants supporting
Ontario's doctors is integral to the health-care system.
Physician assistants work alongside physicians in emergency departments,
community health centres and Family Health Teams to conduct patient
interviews, histories, physical examinations; perform selected
diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; order and interpret patient
laboratory and radiological results; and counsel patients on
preventative health care.
Physician assistants are having a positive impact on Ontario's
health-care system by improving wait times and enhancing access to
services. Physicians who have added a physician assistant to their
practice report better continuity of care for their patients.
Working in partnership with the Ontario government to create this
program, we are supportive of the role that physician assistants play
in the health-care system. We are also pleased to announce that the
tentative physician services agreement includes funding to expand the
availability of physician assistants in certain primary care models.
By working collaboratively with physician assistants and other health
care professionals, we can deliver high quality services and provide
timely access to every Ontarian across the province.
Dr. Doug Weir, President
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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