Windsor Star

ONT. DOCTORS REACH TENTATIVE DEAL

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Ontario’s doctors are set to receive more than a 12 per cent pay increase over the next four years after the Ontario Medical Associatio­n agreed to a new tentative contract Monday.

The proposed deal would see annual jumps of three per cent, two per cent and three per cent in the first three years of the contract and an increase of 4.25 per cent in its final year in 2011.

The tentative agreement, which was accepted unanimousl­y by the OMA board of directors, also comes with about $1 billion in funding through new payment plans, fee adjustment­s and new programs.

The OMA membership is expected to cast votes on the deal during a week-long referendum from Oct. 8-15, with a special meeting scheduled for Oct. 18.

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