Medical Post (Canadian Healthcare Network)
Press release, 14 September 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diverse Physician Leaders Outline a Way Forward in Negotiations with the Ontario Government
TORONTO (September 14, 2016) — A group of doctors from across Ontario and across medical specialities released a joint letter today outlining key principles which they hope can lead to a constructive way forward in the contentious negotiations between physicians and the Government of Ontario.
Ontario’s doctors turned down a tentative Physician Services Agreement (PSA) on August 15, 2016. Since then, many physicians have been concerned about creating a path toward a stable PSA, that also bolsters public confidence in continued delivery of accessible and quality care for patients.
Specifically, this group of doctors prescribed the following principles as the basis for a fair PSA for all Ontario’s doctors:
- A unified voice for the medical profession at the bargaining table through the OMA
- A fair and binding arbitration process to resolve compensation disputes, instead of government unilateralism
- A medical profession engaged in system stewardship, willing to work jointly with a reasonable and respectful governmental partner that acknowledges the complexity of utilization increases, rather than simply offloading responsibility onto physicians.
- A commitment to fairly and transparently addressing inequities in physician compensation
- A restatement of the profession’s commitment to the principle of equity
Doctors across Ontario are invited to review and to sign the letter by visiting the website at www.awayforward.ca.
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