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Ontario Medical Review
Oct. 25, 2021
Allan O’Dette
OMA Chief Executive Officer

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the Ontario Medical Review magazine.

Prescribing a remedy

Doctors develop five-point plan to secure healthy future

COVID-19 has shown that we need to be better prepared for the next pandemic, and that we need a comprehensive plan to address the significant gaps in our health-care system that it exposed. 

Our health-care system must be built on the principles of access, equity, efficiency and integration. These objectives are not new. They form the Quadruple Aim, an internationally recognized framework to deliver an effective health-care system. They include better health outcomes, improved clinician experience, better value and improved patient experience.

That is why your OMA is launching Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care, to strengthen our health-care system and provide better outcomes for Ontario’s nearly 15-million residents.

Our plan brings ideas together from across the province. These ideas, translated into recommendations, represent a shift in how we think about delivering health care in the province. They will help Ontario move away from disconnected silos of patient care into a more connected, integrated and sustainable system.

Get the full plan

We need a more collective way of thinking about health care, one that focuses on solutions, strengthens the alignment between patient priorities and system capacity, and directs provincial financial and human resources toward the best possible health outcomes.

Download Prescription for Ontario

Ontario’s doctors have extraordinarily high credibility and trust with the public.

Five key priorities 

Prescription for Ontario’s five key priorities include: 

  • Reducing the backlog of services and wait times
  • Expanding mental health and addiction programs
  • Improve and expand home care and other community care
  • Strengthening public health and pandemic preparedness
  • Give every patient a team of health-care providers, and link them digitally

These priorities are laid out in further detail in the platform. Read more about the health-care platform.

An integrated approach to health delivery 

Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care is a framework created after months of input from hundreds of doctors from across the province. The consultation process included many health-care leaders, representing hospitals, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health-care professionals, as well as leaders from municipalities, the community, business, and thousands of members of the public. In addition, the plan recognizes the uniqueness of northern Ontario with a special focus on the region. Our question to all was simple: “What are the top five key issues and solutions for strengthening patient care?”

Positioning Ontario’s doctors as leaders

Ontario’s doctors have extraordinarily high credibility and trust with the public. The OMA Board of Directors, your president Dr. Adam Kassam, the staff at the OMA and the Priority and Leadership Group of the General Assembly, will be highly focused on advocating this platform to Ontario’s political parties, the media and the public. Through the fall and winter, you will see the OMA promoting Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care to Ontario’s party leaders and the public right up until election day. 

The medical profession has a unique opportunity right now to influence the public agenda and enable solutions to strengthen our health-care system.