Liberal government, OMA agree to resume negotiations on doctors' fees

Sep 6, 2012 Full story: The Waterloo Region Record

Health Minister Deb Matthews says she's hopeful that the government can reach an agreement with the province's doctors after a rocky few months.

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In a Spring newsreease, the Matthews stated that there would not be any increases in physician fees, and yet 4 months later, the Govt has agreed to resume negotiations with physicians, while holding teachers salaries at 0%.
Here is an excerpt from the Ontario Auditor General Report - "One of the government’s key assumptions is that it will provide no additional funding for compensation increases in future agreements with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). This is expected to limit the growth in estimated OHIP payments by $500 million in 2012/13 and by another $1 billion in 2013/14. However, since 2000, the OMA has generally been successful in negotiating fee increases for Ontario’s doctors in excess of the
inflation rate. That there will be no increase for health-care profes- sionals when the current OMA agreement comes up for renewal
in April 2012 is clearly an aggressive rather than a cautious assumption.
As with hospitals, it will be up to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to find other savings within the funding allocated for OHIP to offset any fee increase. One strategy is the promotion of family health teams as an alternative to fee-for-service OHIP billings. Another cost-containment strategy that governments have used in the past is to cap the amount physicians can bill in a given year...”

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