M.D. Shortage In Ontario…Again!
The shortage for family doctors and any other medical specialists is in the news for so many years. Is that really true that Ontario wants doctors or this is just a talk. I did a research and checked some of the newspapers issues for the last 20 years………………and what I found. Hm-mm, not surprisingly the same problem with the MDs shortage is still ongoing for all that period of time and nobody did anything. As far as I know there are more than 2000 IMGs passed the boards exams already and hoping to find job wherever in Canada, but………….because of “the shortage” they can’t find any positions. It sounds funny, eh? So, the question is: Do you think that the government will do something to improve the situation. I don’t think so! And here is the article:
The lack of doctors in the province will be a major issue when Ontario’s physicians and the government negotiate a new agreement, says the head of the Ontario Medical Association. “The big issues are how do we get more doctors into the province and how do we retain the doctors we have?” OMA president Janice Willett said on a visit to London. The current agreement between the province and its doctors, set to expire March 31, 2008, was reached after months of acrimonious negotiations and threats by the province to impose a fee schedule the doctors had voted down. The final agreement added $2.4 billion to spending on doctors’ services. Willett, who has been touring the province and meeting with doctors, said the doctor shortage is a major issue. “All across the spectrum doctors are concerned about getting access to care for their patients,” she said. It is estimated Ontario is short 2,000 doctors and the situation could get worse because 2,500 of the doctors currently practising are 65 or older. While the government has taken steps to increase the supply of doctors by increasing medical school enrolments, it will be years before that change is felt, Willett said. “We need bridging until that time and part of the bridging has to be retaining every physician that we train in the province and every physician that presently is practising,” she said.