Published on Thu, 01/31/2019 by Ontario Medical Association

Ontario’s Doctors welcome the Ford Government’s first report on reforming the province’s health care system

Doctors hope savings will be reinvested in much-needed frontline services

"Ontario’s doctors fully support a system that prioritizes the integration of family medicine, specialists, acute and long-term care, and community and home-based care networks to better serve patients and their families."

TORONTO, January 31, 2019 /COMMUNITYWIRE/ – The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) welcomes the first report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine, chaired by notable physician leader Dr. Rueben Devlin, and is encouraged that the types of changes being considered will improve frontline services in Ontario’s health care system.

“This is a strong first step,” said OMA President Dr. Nadia Alam. “Ontario’s doctors fully support a system that prioritizes the integration of family medicine, specialists, acute and long-term care, and community and home-based care networks to better serve patients and their families. But the proof will be in the details. As any changes will have to work in the real world of your doctor’s office and your local hospital, the role of physicians will be crucial to this transformation effort.”

Dr. Nadia Alam, OMA PresidentAlam was especially encouraged by the report’s commitment to expand and integrate digital health networks. “Frontline doctors invest in bringing digital health systems into their practices. These tools have demonstrated that when developed alongside health care providers, e-solutions work to the advantage of both patients and doctors,” she said. “Digital health tools and services measurably improve patient access and clinical information sharing across the delivery system; and, virtual visits have begun improving access for patients who live in rural, northern or underserviced communities.”

Alam added that any savings found in the health care budget by making the system more efficient should be reinvested to build up the frontline resources and services that patients desperately need: “Over the long-term, we have to ensure there are enough doctors with the right skills in the right places to meet the needs of Ontario’s growing and more complex patient population.”

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