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2017 OAGS 23rd Annual Meeting
It's official. This year's annual meeting in Toronto is now confirmed for Saturday, November 11, 2017. Please mark your calendar!

Dec.14: MOHLTC Proposes 3-Year Plan
Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins said, "We can't keep going in circles." This was after the MOHLTC proposed a 3-year plan for a Physician Services Agreement to the OMA at 8am on Dec.14. According to the MOHLTC press release, "fees paid to specialists would be reduced for certain procedures that can now be conducted with greater ease and at lesser cost." Shortly after, the OMA claimed in a statement that the MOHLTC plan was released publicly 1 hour after the OMA received it without ample time to review it and called this method "disrespectful and unacceptable". OMA President Dr. Virginia Walley said, "The OMA will resist any attempt by the Government to act unilaterally. (This) announcement demonstrates the critical need for a fair process of binding arbitration. The OMA will be engaging with our membership to consider our options...." Specifically, the 3-year plan proposed to the OMA would include highlights below:

  • Increasing the physician services budget by 2.5% each year
  • An additional $185 million in compensation to family doctors.
  • A 'fairness review' of fees paid to physicians, to reflect technological advancements and ensure that all doctors are equitably compensated.
  • Increasing to 1,440 the number of family doctors able to join models that deliver comprehensive care to patients over the course of the proposed plan.
    Note: The current contract under which doctors are paid expires on March 31, 2017. It was imposed by the gov't after it failed to reach a negotiated deal with the OMA. - CBC
    Sources: MOHLTC Press Release; CBC; Toronto Star; OMA Press Release.

22nd OAGS Annual Meeting:
Thanks to everyone who attended/participated in our meeting recently. We had a great turn-out and hope it was enjoyed by all!

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