Statement from Ontario's Doctors on NDP Policy Platform

TORONTO, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors were pleased to learn that the Ontario New Democrat 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 investments into home support services and a plan to fight childhood obesity, including making physical education mandatory in high school and menu labelling for chain restaurants, which were announced this past weekend by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath as key planks of their health care platform.

Ontario's doctors are especially pleased with the commitment to forgive student debt of new doctors who practice in underserviced areas and to bring 200 new doctors, over four years, to communities who need more health care.  Ensuring every person has access to a physician has been a top priority for Ontario's doctors and these policy initiatives are another good step towards achieving that objective.

Ontario's economic recovery, provincial debt and personal finances have been a focal point for all three parties, but recent polling 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 implementing a comprehensive mental health strategy.

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

For further information:

OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862
www.oma.org
@Ontariosdoctors

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