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Back to school season is upon us, and you have a million things to do. Don't let details about your child's health get lost in the shuffle! Doctor knows best, so here are five things to keep top of mind as the school year starts.
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"We have a massive doctor shortage here."
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Getting the best primary care in Ontario may depend on where you live or who you are. That's because not everyone can access same-day or next-day care when they are ill, or receive a timely call back after phoning their primary care provider. Some Ontarians feel more involved than others in decisions related to their care.
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Complaints should not be hard for patients to make or for providers to receive. One of the best ways to ensure complaints serve their purpose -- that is to say, point out important issues so we can improve care -- is to create systems that can properly manage them. That way everyone feels heard; no one slips through the cracks. My patient's complaint inspired me to look at my own practice. I am starting to restructure my time in clinic over the course of a week, using email and phone calls more frequently, and better integrating the other highly skilled members of the team.
We ask that the provincial Liberal government go back to discussions with the OMA so that we can all work together to find savings within health care. Those working on the front lines agree that there are inefficiencies in the system, and savings to be found. Physicians want input.
Health care reform is a central policy consideration for most industrialized countries both because of its cost to government and citizens and perhaps more importantly because it is a highly valued, personal service that citizens care deeply about.
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