OHIP is a good deal for doc­tors

RE: mass OMA res­ig­na­tions leave doc­tors in dis­ar­ray (Feb. 10)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

. 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

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