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
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