Ontario Doctors Rank Higher In Physician Compensation



    New Report Shows Doctors Are Better Paid Than In 2004/05

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Ontario is even more competitive in physician
compensation than figures reported today by the Canadian Institute for Health
Information (CIHI) said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care George Smitherman. Today, CIHI released Physicians in Canada: Average
Gross Fee-for-Service Payments which covers the 2005/06 year.
    "We are headed in the right direction in making Ontario an employer of
choice in health care," said Smitherman. "I look forward to building on this
success with our doctors so that an additional 500,000 Ontarians can benefit
from family health care."
    Since the year that the report captures, the ministry has invested a
further $652 million for physicians that includes incentives to enroll more
patients and to treat people with chronic diseases.
    Beginning in 2008, an additional $364 million will flow to doctors in
recognition of the important care they provide to patients.
    Total investments in this deal will total $1.3 billion annually in
physician services.
    By working together, the McGuinty government and Ontario's doctors have
been able to increase the number of Ontarians with access to a family doctor.
Based on independent survey data and data from Statistics Canada, the number
of Ontarians with regular access to a family doctor has increased by 500,000.
    The additional $652 million of funds dedicated to doctors is being used
as follows:

    
        -  $285 million to provide Ontarians access to family health care;
        -  $290 million for better hospital care in areas such as emergency
           rooms and palliative care;
        -  $77 million for other areas such as chronic disease management,
           psychiatry and surgical services.
    

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's
Office, (416) 212-4048; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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