Ontario Government And Province's Doctors Reach Tentative Agreement



    New Agreement Will Improve Ontarians Access To Care

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario government and the Ontario Medical
Association (OMA) have reached a tentative agreement that will improve access
to family health care for Ontarians and reduce congestion in hospital
emergency departments.

    
    Key components of the tentative agreement include:
    -   Working to get a family physician for 500,000 patients who need
        family health care
    -   Helping patients who have chronic diseases - such as diabetes -
        better manage their condition to reduce their need for emergency
        health services
    -   Making Ontario the jurisdiction of choice for future physicians with
        a new program that will defer interest on medical resident debt
    -   Providing physicians in group practices with funding for up to
        500 nurses, as part of the government's commitment to 9000 new
        nurses, to further improve access to care.
    -   Increasing access to mental health services outside hospital for high
        risk patients
    

    QUOTES

    "We're pleased to have arrived at a tentative agreement with the Ontario
Medical Association that will enable us to build on the progress we've made in
delivering better health care for Ontarians over the past five years," said
Health and Long-Term Care Minister David Caplan. "This agreement will allow us
to continue moving forward by focusing on our top priorities: improving access
to family care and reducing wait times."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The tentative agreement was endorsed by the OMA board and will be put
        before OMA members for ratification on October 8-15.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about the government's priorities to improve Ontarians'
access to health care
    (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/click.cgi?id=bb63a2aa6c53658).

    Read about Family Health Teams
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/transformation/fht/fht_mn.html) in the province.

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Mark Nesbitt, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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