The Ontario Medical Association’s rejection of the latest offer from the Provincial government is a symptom of an ailing health health care system.
The government claims that they need to control spiraling health care costs and they’re right; almost half of every provincial tax dollar we pay goes to health care.
But targeting doctor’s fees to reign in health care costs is wrong-headed.
The fees that doctors receive must pay for their offices and equipment and the associated health care professionals and office staff who work with the doctor.
It may be difficult for politicians to comprehend that since they receive generous expense budgets to cover their office and staffing costs.
Ontario taxpayers expect the government to deliver a cost efficient and effective health care system but any budget cuts should be directed at the bloated bureaucracy throughout the system .
For instance, the E Health and Air Ambulance programs were both very necessary projects but they were riddled with administrative cost overruns that ran into the millions of dollars.
That’s money that could have been applied to front line services like more doctors and nurses to alleviate wait times for surgery or wait times at doctors offices for that matter.
The government needs to get it’s financial house in order and stop asking health care professionals to pay the price for government inefficiency .