OHIP is a good deal for doctors
RE: mass OMA resignations leave doctors in disarray (Feb. 10)
. The “biggest internal crisis” and “doctors fighting doctors” — a very sad day, indeed. All of this, we’re informed, “stems from the union’s failure to secure a wage agreement with the Liberal government.”
The dissidents, we’re told, argue their “real motivation isn’t for more pay for themselves.” It is difficult to empathize since they threaten job actions by reducing office hours or commit to rotating shutdowns of hospital emergency departments “as they push for a new wage contract with Queen’s Park.”
They would do well to remind themselves that every patient they see and procedures performed is guaranteed OHIP income. No longer do they require staff to bill/collect various insurance companies for services performed, as was the case prior to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. As a medical business model, surely this is a dream come true!
I concur with Bob Rae’s statement that it definitely appears the “OMA is a union fighting for higher incomes for docs.” Perhaps the problem could be solved by Dr. Eric Hoskins considering placing all doctors on a salary with incremental cost-of-living applied annually — their incomes published on the Sunshine List, along with all others who are paid by the public purse. Johanna de Bruin, Ancaster