TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Pointing to successful partnerships in
other provinces, and a recently concluded tentative agreement between
the government of British Columbia and the British Columbia Medical
Association, Ontario's doctors called on the McGuinty government to
start treating doctors fairly, and to negotiate an agreement that
protects access to physicians, and doesn't increase wait times.
Dr. Doug Weir, child psychiatrist and President of the Ontario Medical
Association called on Premier McGuinty to follow the lead of other
provinces, and to bring the same approach to negotiations with doctors
as he has brought to his negotiations with the NDP.
Other provinces in Canada are increasing the fees paid to their doctors
and devising plans to modernize their fee schedules. In Ontario the
McGuinty government rejected the doctors' offer to freeze their fees
for 2 years, and to find additional savings of $250 million. Talks
broke down last month after the government rejected the OMA's request
to bring a Conciliator to the table, and moved to unilaterally impose
cuts to OHIP fees and physician services rather than continue
negotiating with the OMA.
"Governments across the country are working with their doctors. They're
working to improve health care, identify challenges and put forward
solutions. Here in Ontario, the government has taken a different
approach. Rather than working collaboratively with us, they are
threatening us, maligning us in the media, and have demonstrated no
interest in achieving an agreement with us."
"History tells us that when you treat doctors poorly you send a strong
message to the rest of the country's physicians - Ontario doesn't value
your work. If we can't compete in Canada for our physicians, we'll
never compete with the U.S. I have grave concerns with the short and
long-term impact that this will have on health care in Ontario."
Dr. Doug Weir
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE Ontario Medical Association
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