Ontario Medical Association: Statement



    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors will be reviewing the
legislation introduced today to ensure that patient safety is protected and
that patients are receiving the best care from the most appropriate health
care professional. We are pleased that many of our concerns that were raised
during the consultation process were addressed. Protecting patient safety is
paramount and will be our key consideration as we review the legislation.
    We are also pleased that the government has committed to continue to
focus on collaborative care, not health care provided in silos. Collaborative
care models that bring health care professionals together have gone a long way
to enhance access to services for Ontarians. Today, over 630,000 patients who
didn't have access to a physician now do. We are currently working with the
government to find another 500,000 people a doctor.
    However, the level of care that a doctor can provide should not be
substituted for expediency. According to a report released by the Institute
for Clinical Evaluative Sciences not having a family doctor leads to more
emergency room visits and hospital admissions for those who have chronic
diseases in Ontario. That's why Ontario's doctors firmly believe that it
should continue to be the goal of the government to help every Ontarian that
doesn't have a family physician find one.

    
    Dr. Suzanne Strasberg, MD
    President
    Ontario Medical Association
    





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