This has been an especially difficult week for many as you received an update on possible Year 3 payments under the 2021 Physician Services Agreement. Additionally, fellow family doctors in Sault Ste. Marie have been dealing with a devastating situation that could see nearly 30 per cent of its population lose access to their family doctor by the end of the year.
The core of both issues is the same. Challenges in family medicine – despite widespread awareness – have not been acted on with urgency. The Government of Ontario can change this by acknowledging the severity of the crisis and prioritizing it on its agenda.
The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) believes change will come – it must.
Ontarians need family doctors. It's not just a “talking point” to say that family medicine is the foundation of our healthcare system. The care you provide cannot be replaced – just as the expertise you provide based on years of education and training cannot be replaced.