Election-cycle planning is utterly inadequate to meet the needs of Ontario's patients, which exceed a single government's lifespan by decades.
Resorting to alternative facts can't hide that Eric Hoskins' tenure has been disastrous for Ontario health care.
If we're going to get through this health care crisis, you're going to have to work with front-line physicians like myself.
Why can't Eric Hoskins and Bob Bell see that they are repeating past mistakes?
Politicians simply assume that doctors will always be there to do the work, no matter the working conditions
Starting January 1, 2018, Ontarians age 24 and under will be able to get prescribed medications for free.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne basically has little choice now. The differences are irreconcilable.
Currently, the Hoskins/Bell legacy is not a pretty one. It's one of internecine disputes with doctors, laid-off nurses, hospital deficits, patients in stretchers for days and egregious wait times. At least with family medicine, they have an opportunity to begin to correct this mess.
I can see that we are once again heading for the same situation as the late 1990s/early 2000s, when many medical trainees stopped going into comprehensive family medicine. The reasons then were due to increased workload, better opportunities in other specialties and an extremely poor relationship with the government of the day. To suggest that there was a crisis in family medicine would be dramatically understating the issue.
This past weekend, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), held its bi-annual council meeting. The council is the governing body of the OMA and sets policy for the organization. It was clear from the enthusiasm and the passion exhibited that the OMA has turned a new leaf.