Ontario Health Care

Ontario's Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For Children

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

Ontario Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk recently released her annual report which indicated the number of children and youth hospitalized with mental health concerns increased by 50 per cent since 2009 and that the government spent close to $10 million to send 127 youth to the U.S. for treatment due to a shortage of psychiatrists here.

This Is The Way Forward For Ontario's Doctors

Vlad Dzavik | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Vlad Dzavik

In this contentious environment, a bit of calm, practical thinking has been welcome in the profession. Since last week, hundreds of physicians have gone online at aWayForward.ca to urge doctors and the government to move ahead using five practical principles as a core of the discussion.

Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing Plan?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

As Eric Hoskins knows very well, infrastructure itself doesn't have much value. What has a lot of value is patient data. This type of data is a treasure trove for private businesses and would be worth a lot of money to them. Just look at how Facebook has been able to monetize the personal information it has stored on all its "friends."

This Is The Price Of Waiting For The Ontario Liberals

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The reason I care what my provincial government does is simple: health care in Ontario is in a downward spiral -- I see it everywhere, even in my small town family medicine practice. At this point, the government must step up and stabilize the situation. I've been in independent practice for seven years. In that short time, I have watched resources dwindle.

No, New Deal Won't Force Ontario Doctors To 'Ration' Health Care

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

Many voting against the PSA argue that a fixed budget prevents physicians from providing necessary care to patients. No one is suggesting this. Patients who need care will be seen, necessary tests and surgeries will be done, family and specialist clinics will still see patients and physicians will continue to get paid to provide these services.

Navigating Uncertainty In The New Ontario Physicians Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Merits and failings of the contract aside, many wonder about the aftermath of this vote. Ratify the contract and what -- ration care and pinch pennies? Reject the contract and what -- face a vengeful government's unilateral cuts? The uncertainty inherent in the contract is mirrored by the uncertainty of the unilateral actions that we have weathered for the past 18 months.

Ontario Doctors Need To Keep Fighting For Fair Treatment

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Ever since the Ontario Medical Association was mandated by the government to act as the bargaining agent for Ontario doctors, this profession has been subjected to undemocratic and disrespectful disregard by both the government and the OMA, which is supposed to be fighting for them from their corner, not fighting them in a courtroom.

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.

An OMA-Ministry Deal Won't Fix Ontario Health Care, But This Might

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Brenna Velker

Part of this strategy includes something that makes us all uncomfortable and would make any politician unpopular very quickly if they ever suggested it: patient, government and physician accountability. We all take responsibility for making our health care system sustainable. Seems simple in principle, but what would that really look like?

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

Confessions Of A Doctor On The Brink Of Burnout

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Dread and despair, uncertainty and panic ebb and flow around thoughts of my medical career. Most days clamour with stories of clinics closing, physicians leaving and patients dying on waitlists -- all flatly ignored by provincial leaders. Some days, I even want to quit. After only sx years of independent practice, I'm burning out.

Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

We need health-care reform. To do that, we need an honest conversation between patients, government and front-line workers about what can be covered, what should be covered and what must be covered. We can't have it all. So we need to talk about what we all can have. To get there, doctors must be part of the conversation.

Improving Ontario's Health Care System For Patients And Physicians

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada
Dr. Eric Hoskins

As Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, it is my responsibility to ensure that we have a health care system that delivers the best possible care for all patients. This means putting the needs of patients first and foremost with each and every decision I make. It means providing patients with faster access to care today, and building a sustainable system that will be there for patients and their families in the future.

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.

5 Things To Know About The New Ontario Budget

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

College and university students from low-income families stand to benefit the most from the Liberal government's fiscal plan.

It's Time To Eliminate Ontario's Costly And Ineffective LHINs

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In times of restraint like these, Health Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne need to stop spending money on organizations like LHINs that have served no useful purpose for the general public in over 10 years of existence. The funds need to be re-dedicated to front-line health care so that we can address the growing needs of the populace.

Ontario Cutting Hospital Parking Fees (Finally)

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living

It's a shift from "parking-centred health care" to "patient-centred health care."

How Important Is Patient Satisfaction In Health Care?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

One of the benchmarks that Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins would like to study is patient satisfaction. There are various metrics that he's proposed, including ability to access family physicians within 48 hours, and of course how satisfied patients are with their care. This is all part of wanting health care to be more "patient centred." One would think that if you have a better health-care outcome, you're going to have more satisfied patients. Somewhat surprisingly, however, real world data around this very topic shows that the opposite, is in fact, true.

Why Now Is A Good Time To See An Eye Doctor

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

Aside from having healthy eyes and good vision, optometrists play a vital role in your overall health care. Most people don't know that as optometrists, we can identify other health conditions early such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol, MS and high blood pressure, which can often be first detected through an eye exam.

Ontarians Waiting Up To A Year For Home-Care Assessments: AG Report

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics

The watchdog highlighted one case where it took 52 days for just a phone assessment.

Physician Pay Cuts Are Closing Clinics Right Now

Nadia Alam | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Nadia Alam

Hoskins blindly insists that the recent cuts to physician pay do not impact patient care. And all around him clinics close, doctors leave and patients suffer. If physicians are so wildly rich, how is it that their profit margins are so narrow that a mere seven per cent cut is closing clinic doors?

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable Patients

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Wynne and Hoskins are simply referring to this as a "modest reduction" in physician income. People like myself, who warned that it's actually some of the targeted fee reductions that will cause more harm, were told we were fear mongering. Unfortunately, it appears that I was right, and the harm to the residents of Ontario is only beginning.

Ontario Is The Worst Place To See Doctors Quickly

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living

Only 44% of residents can get a same-day or next-day appointment.

Ontario Family Doctors Are Some Of The Hardest To See Quickly: Report

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada

Surprised?

Ontario To Address 'Bizarre Catch-22' For Patients With Rare Diseases

CP | Keith Leslie | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics

When no Ontario specialist can be found, patients must travel to the U.S. where they can be ruined by million-dollar medical bills.