On Track To Provide Family Doctors To Another One Million Ontarians



    Half A Million More Ontarians Have A Family Doctor Than Four Years Ago
    And Another Half A Million More Will Have A Family Doctor Four Years From
    Now

    GODERICH, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - If re-elected, Ontario Liberals will reach
an important milestone during their second mandate: one million more Ontarians
with a family doctor.
    "Thanks to the hard work of Ontarians, we have had the resources to
provide half a million more Ontarians with access to a family doctor than four
years ago, and another half a million more will have a family doctor four
years from now," says Premier Dalton McGuinty during a visit with the Maitland
Valley Family Health Team in Goderich.
    "What's more, they are getting more comprehensive care as doctors and
other health professionals work with us to improve the way they serve
patients."
    There is a strong body of evidence that medical care for families is back
on track and improving.
    Five hundred thousand more Ontarians have a family doctor than four years
ago.
    About 150,000 of those are enrolled with one of 150 new family health
teams - teams of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals such as
dieticians or pharmacists, working together.
    When doctors work in a family health team, they can see more patients,
and those patients get a range of services from a group of professionals with
a range of expertise.
    The doctors spell each other off, meaning patients can access care during
the evening and on weekends.
    In fact, there has been a 985 per cent increase in visits to the doctor
after hours and on weekends over the past three years.
    In other words, more and more families are getting the care they need,
close to home, and at a time that's convenient for them.
    During their next mandate, the Ontario Liberals will launch another
50 family health teams, many of them in northern and rural Ontario, where
doctors can be harder to find, and we will accredit more internationally
trained doctors.
    These efforts will help result in another 500,000 Ontarians gaining
access to a family doctor.
    And it will bring the total number of patients enrolled with family
health teams to 2.7 million.
    In addition, we will create 100 more medical school spaces.
    "We've come a long way from the days when the number of people without a
family doctor was growing, and the Conservative Tory government was firing
nurses and closing hospitals," McGuinty said.
    "Our plan is working: we're linking patients with doctors, hiring nurses
and building new and expanded hospitals. Working together, we're not just
providing care to more people, we're providing better care for families."

    
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