TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors were pleased to learn
that the Ontario Liberal Party has included several health care policy
initiatives in their election platform as recommended by the Ontario
Medical Association. In January, Ontario's doctors released, 'Better care. Healthier patients. A stronger Ontario.' and called for a comprehensive mental health strategy, a focus on
community care and a renewed fight against tobacco and contraband,
which were announced today by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty as key
planks of the Liberal health care platform.
Ontario's doctors are especially pleased with the plan to tackle
childhood obesity which includes an increase in the availability of
healthy food in schools and the goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20
per cent over 5 years.
Ontario's economic recovery, provincial debt and personal finances have
been a focal point for all three parties, but polling by the OMA
reveals that patients want health care to be a priority. Specifically,
9 in 10 Ontarians feel that health care is the most important issue and
health care is more important by a 2-1 margin over fiscal issues such
as jobs, taxes, debt and deficit.
Ontario's doctors will continue to be leading advocates when it comes to
helping shape the future of our health care system. We will continue to
work with our partners to further strengthen our health care system and
improve patient care, by focusing on other initiatives in our platform
including expanding Electronic Medical Records and expanding the number
of Family Health Teams across the province.
Looking ahead to the provincial election in October, Ontario's doctors
will be urging all political parties to make health care a top
priority. To learn more about what Ontario's doctors are recommending,
please visit www.oma.org
Stewart Kennedy, MD
President, Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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