Who are you going to trust?



    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Today, Dalton McGuinty's health minister George
Smitherman down-played the seriousness of Ontario's doctor shortage and Dalton
McGuinty claimed he's making progress on the doctor shortage.

    
    Here are the facts:

    -   In 2003, Dalton McGuinty's platform cited the Ontario Medical
        Association stating, "our severe doctor shortage affects nearly
        one million people." (Ontario Liberal Platform 2003, Section 4,
        page 12)

    -   In 2007, the Ontario Medical Association says the number of people
        without a family doctor has grown since 2003 as there are one million
        adults without a family doctor in Ontario today as well as 130,000
        children. (www.healthiercare.ca)

    -   In 2003, Dalton McGuinty stated in his platform that there were 122
        communities underserviced for family doctors. (Ontario Liberal
        Platform 2003, Section 4, page 12)

    -   In 2007, there are 142 communities underserviced for family doctors.  
 
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/listof_areas/gp_lad
au.pdf)

    -   There were 50% fewer family doctors accepting new patients in 2006
        than in 2003. (College of Physicians and Surgeons, March 2007)

    Who are you going to believe?
    





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