Ontario Medical Association president ready to work with government officials to improve health sector


The OMA has developed its “Prescription for Ontario,” a five-point plan to help improve the province’s health care system.

The president of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is eager to hear who Ontario Premier Doug Ford will name the province’s new health minister.

Dr Rose Zacharias, President of the OMA, said The Rob Snow Show with guest host Derick Fage on Tuesday, June 21, that she and the association she represents are prepared to sit down and work with government officials in hopes of finding solutions to address the issues that affect the health system.

The continued shortage of doctors and nurses due to factors such as burnout led the OMA to come up with its “Prescription for Ontario,” a five-point plan to help improve Ontario’s health care system.

The five-point plan includes:

  • Reduce wait times and the backlog of services
  • Expand mental health and addictions services in the community
  • Improve and expand home and other community care
  • Strengthening Public Health and Pandemic Preparedness
  • Give every patient a team of healthcare providers and connect them digitally

“We know we can do better,” said Dr. Zacharias. “It’s about bringing leaders together in one room and working on solutions.”

She noted that in Ottawa alone, there are 158 vacancies in the medical field.

“Doctors and nurses are emotionally drained,” she added.

More information on the OMA plan can be found here.

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Rose Zacharias below:

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