Residents of Ontario are invited to share their opinions in a new survey launched by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). The survey, which is accessible through Betterhealthcare.ca, will be used by the OMA to create recommendations to the Provincial government as the province emerges from the pandemic. The data will also be shared with political parties ahead of the 2022 Provincial election.
“This is a huge province and health-care priorities are different in every community and region,” said Dr. Adam Kassam, President of the OMA. Within Ontario, each community is facing unique challenges and has different health-care needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted Ontario’s health-care system. There is now a deficit of nearly 16 million missed patient services. The Province’s Financial Accountability Office estimates that it will cost $1.3 billion and take nearly 3.5 years to clear the backlog of surgeries and diagnostic procedures. This backlog will likely lead to increased anxiety and pain among patients, which must be accounted for in Ontario’s health-care plan.
Dr. Sohal Goyal, a family physician and Chair of District 5 of the OMA, says that the pandemic has highlighted cracks in our health-care system. From patient interactions before and during the pandemic, he has identified that the top priority for residents of Mississauga is easy access to health-care.
Like Dr. Goyal, doctors across the province are listening to their patients about health-care priorities. Over the next few months, the OMA will be consulting with the public, health-care stakeholders, community leaders, elected officials and government parties to inform its recommendations.
For more information and to complete the short survey please visit betterhealthcare.ca.