June 16, 2008
Ontario is introducing new legislation that would ease the way for internationally trained health care providers to practice in the province.
The legislation – Increasing Access to Qualified Health Professionals for Ontarians Act – will, if passed, change the mandate of all regulatory colleges to acknowledge that access to health care is a matter of public interest. Ontario has 23 regulated health professions.
This legislation is one part of a bigger plan to remove barriers for internationally trained doctors. Over the summer, the McGuinty government will also be working closely with The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on regulation changes that would ease the transition to practice for foreign-trained doctors. The plan, based on the Report on Removing Barriers for International Medical Doctors by Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Laurel Broten, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, details five major recommendations on how to further increase the number of international medical doctors in Ontario.
This legislation is part of the government's strategy to meet the needs of unattached patients, reduce wait times and provide older Ontarians with care closer to home.
“Ontario is a leader in Canada in providing opportunities for internationally trained doctors to practice medicine,” said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “Through this new legislation and Laurel Broten's plan, Ontarians' access to a family doctor would improve as barriers for qualified internationally trained doctors are removed, allowing them to practise medicine sooner.”
Read Laurel Broten's Report on International Medical Doctors.
Find out how internationally-trained doctors can qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
Laurel Ostfield, 416-212-4048
Mark Nesbitt, 416-314-6197
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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