Physician Activism: I am not alone!

With the government’s announcement of more cuts to physician services, I am going Toronto for several meetings including the Ontario Medical Association Board. After my last blog, however, I wanted to make sure readers knew about other physician bloggers and a few letter writers whose work engages both physicians and the public in some debate…

Which Doctor Do You Want?

Last Saturday, May 2, 2015, Dr. Michael Toth was installed as the 134th President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). Mike is a comprehensive Family Physician from Aylmer, Ontario. Aylmer is a town of 7500 in Southwestern Ontario. He told the guests at his Installation Gala that his patients range in age from newborns to…

Getting Blood from a Stone

My consideration today is on the government practice of cutting back in healthcare, specifically on hospital and physician services in Ontario, and the impact this has had over the past few years. Let’s begin with the hospital cutbacks. This month, in my community, three hospitals have announced staff reductions in order to match this year’s…

Medicine is Not About Money

Last night I spoke to the physicians of the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa about the unilateral cuts that the Government of Ontario has made to physician services in Ontario. Resolute, solemn, confused: these were the expressions on their faces as I described the cuts to the Physician Services Budget, the budget for doctors’ fees that…