Ontario Leading the Way on Doctor’s Fees
Ontario Liberals are taking strong action to invest more in patient care. Premier Dalton McGuinty has written to Canada's Premiers urging them to follow Ontario's lead when it comes to modernizing fees paid to doctors as part of a nationwide health strategy — and the other provinces are following suit.
Changes in technology mean that more procedures can be completed in less time, but fees haven't kept pace. To protect the gains made in health care, we need to make the right choices. Here's what provincial health ministers are saying:
- Alberta's Health Minister, Fred Horne, said: "I think what the [McGuinty] letter does is it highlights there are some opportunities to look at physician compensation Not only as a way to fairly remunerate doctors, which we want to do, but to also help drive improvements in the health-care system over all." (Globe and Mail, May 16, 2012)
- Nova Scotia's Health Minister, Maureen MacDonald, said: "Doctors Nova Scotia asked that we review the fee schedule in Nova Scotia and we are doing that, and we are doing that with their participation It only makes sense that we modernize our fee structure. I think that it is cumbersome, outdated, and it can benefit from being streamlined." (Chronicle Herald, May 15, 2012)
- B.C. has also signalled its interest and fees have been frozen in Manitoba for two years already
and Manitoba Health Minister, Theresa Oswald, said the province is "ensuring we get good value for the precious resources we invest in health care." (Globe and Mail, May 16, 2012)
The Hudak PCs still aren't talking about health care, choosing instead to focus on a political scheme to sell-off Ontario's energy assets. In 2003, the same move caused skyrocketing electricity bills and added $1 billion to the debt. The Horwath NDP still won't say what they really think about a real wage freeze for doctors, teachers and public servants.
Only Ontario Liberals include a strong Action Plan for Health Care as part of their plan to strengthen Ontario's economy, while protecting the gains we've made together.