Doctors speak out against Ontario Government Recent Cuts

Published December 1, 2015

Dr. Stephen Grodinsky, former chair of the pediatric section on the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), is calling on the people of Ontario to demand that the Ontario government respect their care and the doctors who want to provide it. Doctors, who do not have a powerful union to protect them, have had their salaries reduced twice this year. As a result, the OMA has launched a charter challenge against the provincial government.

According to the OMA, 927,000 patients in Ontario do not have a family physician, 132,000 of these are children. Will the government’s policy of reducing fees for doctors exacerbate this situation? You can read Dr. Grodinsky’s article at http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/14/patients-have-ultimate-say-in-fight-between-doctors-and-queens-park, more on the OMA’s charter challenge at http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/10/29/ontario-doctors-launch-charter-challenge-over-fee-cuts.html, and the OMA’s article on doctor shortages in Ontario at https://www.oma.org/Mediaroom/PressReleases/Pages/over900000patients.aspx.

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