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Feb 03, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Ontario wants more patients to get same-day or next-day appointments, Ontario health minister says

Ontario wants more patients to get same-day or next-day appointments with doctors, Health Minister Eric Hoskins says.


Ontario wants more patients to get same-day or next-day appointments with doctors and quicker referrals to specialists, Health Minister Eric Hoskins says.

But Hoskins, a physician, acknowledged Monday after a lunch speech on transforming the health-care system that he’ll have to get doctors on side after imposing a contract on MDs, leaving many angry. Home and community care nurses are also on strike.

“We will face some challenges as we go forward,” Hoskins told reporters after a 34-minute address that also talked about better home care, more telemedicine and improved supports for dementia as the population ages.

“We need all of our health-care professionals working together. It is a complex and complicated sector.”

Although it was billed as a major speech on next steps in transforming the health care system, there was little information on how the goals would be accomplished.

“There’s lots of platitudes but where’s the detail?” said Progressive Conservative MPP and health critic Bill Walker (Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound).

“You can’t perturb someone who’s your front-line health care provider.”

Among other things, the contact imposed on Ontario’s 28,000 doctors in the Ontario Medical Association discounts their fee-for-service payments by 2.65 per cent. About 3,000 home and community care nurses hit picket lines last Friday over wages.

“Our fiscal reality is such that we have some difficult choices to make,” said Hoskins as the Liberal government struggles to erase a $12.5 billion deficit by 2018.

New Democrat MPP France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) said Hoskins glossed over a number of problems, suggesting he’s out of touch with the health-care system he runs.

“Thousands of Ontarians are stuck on wait lists for long-term care and home care.”

Toronto Star

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By Jack | FEBRUARY 03, 2015 11:05 PM
Now we see that doctors are NOT in a union - which typically was more money and less work. The government wants doctors to work harder and take a pay cut!! Hoskins should be ashamed.
By TAMMY | FEBRUARY 03, 2015 07:59 PM
I am not sure what this minister is smoking but we don't have enough doctors to facilitate same day.... they have all gone to the states, opened methadone clinics or walk in clinics..... and NO one will want to pay more taxes or fee for service... Unfortunately- we will be like states one day as our Health benefits are going to be sucked dry... with abusive patient needs for nothing more than a sniffle.
By Brampton10 | FEBRUARY 03, 2015 12:16 PM
I work in healthcare and I am sorry but wait times will not decrease until we offer some form of tiered system that allows users to pay a fee to get faster service. With the amount of immigrants and refugees we take into Canada, there is no way the money spent on healthcare will be able to fund us forever.
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