Today, the Ontario Association of Cardiologists (OAC) issued an open letter to Ms. Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario, calling on her to investigate the provincial government’s spending in cardiac care and report on what the association considers to be a serious misuse of public resources.
The 2016 Ontario Budget, tabled in the Ontario Legislature by Finance Minister Charles Sousa today, revealed that the Wynne government has no plan to fight Ontario’s #1 killer: heart disease.
Psychiatrist Janet McCulloch and opthamologist Don Smallman are among the Kingston-area doctors raising alarm over cuts to fees paid to physicians. (Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard)
Outpatient-based cardiac care in Ontario is on the brink of collapse due to drastic and ill-considered budget cuts by the Wynne government. These cuts, imposed unilaterally by the Wynne government in February, April and October without input from the Ontario Association of Cardiologists (OAC), have begun to damage the infrastructure that supports access to outpatient cardiac care in Ontario. This will risk lives, put further pressure on hospital emergency rooms and drive up costs, while making access to care more difficult for Ontario’s cardiac patients.
On January 20, The Medical Post, a subscription based magazine published an article on the prospect of the Ontario government publishing OHIP billing data in Ontario. This issue had been raised previously by The Toronto Star in December 2014. OAC President, Dr. Jim Swan, sounds a cautionary note advising that without explanatory wording to help the public better understand the numbers, the publishing of gross billing data would not be very helpful.