Ontario Medical Association

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?

Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

If it's approved it will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don't have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario's already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).

Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Look: it's extremely important for government finances and expenditures to be transparent for the general public, who, after all, foot the bill. The problem however, is that the Sunshine List is anything but fully transparent, and needs to be fixed before revealing physicians' billings.

Ontario Doctors Group Sues Government Over Fee Cuts

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The health minister argued Ontario's doctors are among the best-paid in the country with an average salary of more than $358,000.

Ontario Defends Medical Residency Cuts Amid Doctor Shortage

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is defending the Ontario government's decision to eliminate 50 medical residency positions when hundreds of thousands of people don't have a family doctor.

Sick Notes Make Us Sick

CBC | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business

Bosses should stop asking their employees for sick notes from doctors because it could have a "discouraging effect" on workers who are ill and should ...

Fast Food is Poison. Why Are We Still Selling it?

Grant Gordon | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Grant Gordon

We shared recipes and simple ideas for students (and their parents) to make healthy, yummy, affordable food. Because fast food won't change -- it's made by scientists in white lab coats to be as cheap and addictive as possible -- the only way to stick it to fast food is to replace fast food with quick and delicious real food.

Are Doctors Part of The Obesity Problem?

David Gratzer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
David Gratzer

If Canada has a weight issue (and increasing amount of studies say that it definitely does), should our physicians be doing more? The answer seems to be yes, but the problem is that docs aren't doing much in terms of preventative care for their patients.

The Video the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to See

Yoni Freedhoff M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Living
Yoni Freedhoff M.D.

A little over a month ago I was invited to a food industry breakfast to offer my comments on how the food industry might help in improving the health of our society. Unfortunately, just three days prior to the event, I was uninvited without the courtesy of an explanation or an apology. So I decided to record my talk and post it online.

The Case Against Taxing Soda

David Gratzer | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

The biggest target of obesity in North America? Soda. Many experts now claim that soda is the new tobacco -- indeed, Google those terms and you get more than 7 million hits. For them, Coke is the new Camel. Let me take a step back and note the basic problem in fighting obesity like we fought tobacco.

McGuinty Makes A Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's cash-strapped government reversed some earlier fee cuts that were supposed to save $340 million a year to reach a new agreement wi...

What Would Happen if We Froze Doctors' Pay?

Mark Stabile | Posted 08.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Mark Stabile

The Ontario government has promised to reduce its $16-billion deficit substantially over the next few years, and tackling health-care cost growth has to be part of the solution.In response, the Canadian Medical Association has speculated that doctors may move to jurisdictions where physician earnings are on the rise, and that wait times in Ontario may increase as a result of the cuts.

Ontario Urges United Front On Doctors' Pay

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario is urging other provinces to stand together on how much they pay doctors, something the head of the province's medical association s...

Happy Sports Day, Canada!

Nicole Forrester | Posted 11.17.2011 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

Is there a dollar amount that can be placed on the value of sports? I think not. Sport promotes learning capacity, confidence, resiliency and the empowerment of human excellence. As an athlete and doctoral candidate, I know first hand the power that sport has played in my life.