2012 Agreement for Ontario Doctors
On December 10, 2012, an agreement was reached between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The 2012 Physician Services Agreement protects and builds on the gains made for patients over the last nine years. The agreement will be in place until March 2014 and includes the following key elements:
- Modernizing the delivery of health care and lowering wait times through e-consultations, enabling patients to communicate with their doctor more easily, allowing for more virtual connections between family doctors and specialists, and an expansion of telemedicine services.
- New priority investments to expand access to family doctors for seniors and patients with higher needs, including an expansion of house calls.
- New evidence-based changes that support the sustainability of the health care system and the protection of high quality patient care, including: reducing unnecessary pre-op cardiac testing for low-risk, non-cardiac patients; modernizing the annual health exam, personalizing it to the individual needs of healthy adults and reducing unneccessary tests; and aligning the frequency of colonoscopies and cervical cancer screenings to meet Cancer Care Ontario guidelines.
Here is more information on the 2012 Agreement for Ontario Doctors, on the following topics: