Ontario Medical Association

Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. The grand Hoskins scheme now seems to be to sow discord amongst physicians so they fight amongst themselves. He knows that if physicians unite against Bill 210, as they did against the tPSA, he will never be able to succeed in implementing his plans.

How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

The General Meeting was the result of extremely tenacious activism on the part of the Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) group, co-led by Dr. Nadia Alam and Dr. Kulvinder Gill. However, the OMA corporation, couldn't hold off the relatively sparsely funded COD, and in an epic piece of medical history, could barely garner 37 per cent of the vote of the membership in favour of their proposed agreement.

Ontario Doctors Reject Liberals' Latest Fee Deal

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he's disappointed by the decision.

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 Vote Clouded By Myths, Mistrust And Anger

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

These are challenging times for physicians, governments and patients. We need to have peace and we need to rebuild trust in order to improve the health system in Ontario and the health of our patients. After 18 months of scorched earth tactics we are open to trying something different.

Stop The Spin And Let Ontario Doctors Vote Their Conscience

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The OMA ramped up their aggressive endorsement: ads appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Calls for a balanced discussion were met with threats from the OMA: "it's either the PSA or more cuts." Rules govern how such votes occur. The OMA's methods rigged the votes towards a "yes," seemingly breaching them all.

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.