OMA takes issue with comments from NDP Health Critic



    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is
disappointed with comments made in an NDP news release by health critic France
Gelinas, who questioned the ability of the tentative agreement with the
provincial government to increase access to health care for patients in
Ontario.
    "Contrary to comments from the NDP, I believe this tentative agreement
focuses on improving key elements of the health care system," said Dr. Ken
Arnold, President of the OMA. "Ontario's doctors have been strong advocates on
this issue for some time and we are glad to see the provincial government
providing more resources to help physicians deliver health care to more
patients in Ontario."
    Gelinas dismissed the agreement as simply a "massive infusion of funds,"
and further suggested that investments in physicians do not improve access or
reduce wait times. The OMA feels that these comments run counter to the
commitment from Ontario's doctors to ensure all patients in Ontario have
access to the health care they deserve.
    The OMA released figures this spring which point to the work that
physicians have been doing since 2003 to help alleviate long wait times and
reduce the number of patients who don't have a family physician. Ontario's
doctors took on almost 630,000 new patients. In addition to this:

    
    -   almost 20 million patients have been treated in Ontario's emergency
        rooms
    -   over 500,000 cataract surgeries have been performed
    -   almost 70,000 knees were repaired
    -   close to 40,000 hips were replaced
    

    "I'm confident that the tentative agreement, if ratified, will improve
health care for patients in Ontario and serve as a solid foundation to make
progress in some key areas," said Dr. Arnold. "I encourage the NDP critic to
support these new investments in patients and physicians."





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