In the next week or so, there will be so much detailed analysis of the Auditor General’s Report on Physician Billing in Ontario that the small observation I am making here today here will be lost. As I reviewed the 57 pages, the details and references convinced me that the analysis had been seriously undertaken. …

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This past month, 86 doctors from across Ontario have received the devastating news that their practices are being assessed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario because of the extent of their opioid prescribing. No patient complaint was made against them but they are all now in the process of preparing their patient …

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This installment on Bill 41 comes after a longer review of the Ontario Hospital Association’s backgrounder on Bill 210 released earlier this year. They have not published anything specific to Bill 41. My personal concern about Bill 41 is based on my alarm over the extraordinary amount of control the government feels it needs over …

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Here is my last question about Bill 41 before it goes to Committee: Once Minister Hoskins finishes bringing family doctors “into line”, what has he got planned for specialists? One might get the impression from the government’s reasons for introducing Bill 41 that family doctors are sitting around their offices eating bonbons all day but, …

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It is certainly a difficult time to be a doctor in Ontario. It is two years since we’ve had a contract with the government. The population of the province continues to grow and age. The stress of living in a province with a burgeoning deficit and the additional burden this places on citizens does take …

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Everyone in Ottawa is preoccupied with thoughts of a new building for the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital. The local Member of Parliament and Environment Minister, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, expressed concern that the site chosen on the Central Experimental Farm would destroy valuable agricultural research. As well, the increased size would turn the …

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Dr. Jon Johnsen is an Ontario Medical Association Board Member from Thunder Bay. He is the current Board Member in a long line of remarkable Board Members from Thunder Bay. As a matter of fact, the two Board members who preceded him, Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Ken Arnold, both served as President of the …

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As an Ontario Medical Association Board Director, I am receiving many letters from physicians concerned about the impact the government’s cuts to physician services could have on patient care. I want to share this letter with you since it underlines the degree to which communities could be affected.   I have known Dr. Niznick, an …

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