The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Province of Ontario reached a tentative four-year agreement Monday after an intense series of negotiations that ended late on July 7, 2016.
If ratified, the agreement would "strengthen the quality, access and timeliness of health care while providing a predictable physician services budget," the OMA said in a statement. "It would...allow for the addition of new doctors each year, fortify the Primary Care Guarantee for patients and support the realignment of physician compensation around valued mutual priorities and services."
Ontario physicians have been without a contract for two years. The tentative agreementhas received the support of the OMA Board of Directors and is currently being communicated to the 33,000 doctors represented by the OMA. The agreement will be put to the OMA Council for final approval on Aug. 6, 2016. Full details of the agreement will be made public following the ratification vote.
“We have secured important safeguards for members that will protect physicians against additional unilateral cuts and other actions by government, and provide much-needed stability and predictability for our practices, our patients and the health-care system over all,” OMA president Virginia Walley said in a confidential memo obtained by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
"This agreement will strengthen the long-term sustainability of our health care system while taking new steps to boost access, quality and timeliness of care,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a press release.
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