New President of OMA says Every Ontarian Should Have a Doctor

    Dr. Strasberg calls for additional collaborative care models and
    expansion of eHealth

    TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario Medical Association's (OMA) 128th
President, Dr. Suzanne Strasberg, says that while Ontario's health care system
has made good strides to improve patient access to services, there is more
work to be done. Dr. Strasberg put forward a number of solutions that she will
focus on during her term as President that she believes are critical to a
sustainable health care system including:
    - Ensuring that every person in Ontario has access to a family physician;
    - Advocating for adequate physician input into local health care decision
    - Promoting a healthy lifestyle for all Ontarians; and
    - Expansion of the use of IT and eHealth.

    "In the face of some challenging economic circumstances it is more
important than ever that programs and services which have demonstrated their
value and proven to benefit patients are a priority," Dr. Strasberg said.
    Dr. Strasberg pointed to a number of initiatives, including collaborative
care models, which have helped over 630,000 patients that didn't have a family
physician, find one; and Electronic Medical Records, which have enhanced
patient safety and improved the quality and continuity of care, as examples of
where further expansions should be made immediately.
    With the creation of Local Health Integration Networks, Dr. Strasberg
suggested that one of the most effective ways to improve patient access would
be to consult physicians when decisions regarding local health services are
being considered.
    "Doctors are on the frontlines everyday, which provides them with a
unique perspective on what types of services are required to meet the needs of
patients," said Dr. Strasberg. "I look forward to collaborating with my fellow
physicians and working with the government to continue to implement strategies
that benefit patients in Ontario."
    Dr. Strasberg also committed to promoting healthier lifestyles,
continuing to protect Ontario's children, and helping make communities safer.
Last year, physicians played an integral role in the introduction and passage
of provincial legislation that bans smoking in cars with kids and using a hand
held cell phone while driving. More recently, Ontario's doctors called for
calorie counts to be prominently displayed on menu boards in chain restaurants
and school cafeterias.

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For further information: Leianne Musselman, OMA Media Relations, (647)

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