Congestive Heart Failure
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Heart Disease is already the #1 Killer of Ontarians & it’s likely to get worse. “Disrupting” the healthcare system by cutting physician compensation will not change this. Working together will…
On October 1, 2015, the Ontario Liberal government implemented massive cuts across the board in healthcare to help them pay down their deficit. These cuts hit cardiologists very hard and we fear they will result in degraded access and treatments for cardiac patients. The OAC has been working for years to show the Liberal government how they can save dollars and save lives by doing some simple, smart things. However, the government appears committed to a controversial program of “disrupting” the healthcare system and will not consider our solutions.
- The government is only now proceeding to act on the OAC’s call, made three years ago, to implement mandatory accreditation of echocardiography labs operating in Ontario. Had it proceeded in 2012, the government would have saved more than $120 million.
- The government decided recently to ignore the OAC’s recommendations for improving Congestive Heart Failure patient care, through our CHF Community Hubs Initiative, that would Save Lives and Save Dollars. OAC cardiologists Dr. Heather Ross and Dr. Mike Hartleib are among the most respected heart health experts in the world. To get the real facts and see what your government chooses to ignore in favour of disrupting the system, please watch their short video. It’s an 8 minute investment in your life or someone you love.
- The October 1, 2015 cuts and those made in January 2015 are part of the Wynne government’s health care “transformation” agenda concocted by think-tank consultants. Their approach favours shaking-up the healthcare system by disrupting current clinical models and taking an axe to physician compensation. It does not involve working cooperatively with front line medical professionals like Ontario’s cardiologists to plan a course of healthcare system financial sustainability.
If you believe that disruption to Ontario’s healthcare system is not the way to go and that the heart care experts of the OAC should be part of developing solutions that affect your life, please sign our petition. Insist that ill-informed cuts to cardiology that put lives in jeopardy will not be tolerated. Insist that the government include the OAC in all discussions regarding your heart health care.