Ontario Medical Association Votes Down What Province Calls ‘Historic’ Physician Services Agreement

“I want to assure the people and patients of Ontario that their access to physicians and the health care system will not be affected.” – Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins

A Statement from Ontario’s Minister of Health

Posted August 15th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

This August 15th, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement:

“It is disappointing that the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) membership

Ontario Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins

Ontario Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins

did not ratify a historic four-year tentative Physician Services Agreement that would have offered the province’s physicians, for the first time, an opportunity to have a seat at the table where decisions are made about spending and the future of our health-care system.

The tentative agreement also strengthened the quality, access and sustainability of health care in Ontario, while providing predictable annual increases to the physician services budget.

Although the government respects the outcome of the vote, the result is regrettable and will require all parties to reflect carefully on next steps during the coming weeks.  

I want to assure the people and patients of Ontario that their access to physicians and the health care system will not be affected. Similarly, the government’s planned investments in priorities such as new and expanded funding for home care and community care, as well as additional funding for continued growth in physician supply will continue to be made.

Going forward, the government will be guided by the need to secure a stable and predictable budget to meet the demands of population growth and an aging society, as well as to ensure fair compensation for all physicians and for family doctors in particular.  

Above all, we will protect the quality and sustainability of our health care system for all those who need it today and will need it in the future.”  

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2 responses to “Ontario Medical Association Votes Down What Province Calls ‘Historic’ Physician Services Agreement

  1. In my opinion the Health Care System in Canada has been hampered and plagued by Corporate Government Parties that have squandered Billions of taxpayers dollars like it was Manna from heaven and Ontario has been at the forefront of this squandering. The Billions squandered by this Ontario Government on lavish Consultants (E Health) and ill conceived Power Plant expansion that was later terminated when thought of election loses raised its scary head.
    There seems to be NO ACCOUNTABILITY when governments Federal, Provincial, Regional and Municipal manipulate and misuse Taxpayers Money to sustain their Control of Power.
    While in Cuba this year I was totally amazed at the Number and Quality of Medical Personnel, Including Doctors that this small American boycotted Island produced and this gave thought to what the hell is wrong with the Governments of this wealthy Canada…A very sick scenario exists in this country when this small island somehow manages to educate it’s people and defy the American B.S. and Propaganda. Maybe Canada should look to Cuba and Learn a lesson in Management.


  2. Chris Wojnarowski

    This is what you get when doctors report to a government bureaucrat instead of the patient. That sacred doctor-patient relationship is in the process of being destroyed, and doctors are expected to be glorified clock-punching mechanics, anonymous and unaccountable.


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