Ontario Medical Association statement to the Toronto Star
In an environment where Ontario’s doctors continue to be vilified by the provincial government it is easy to jump to conclusions when looking at complex billing data
Ontario Medical Association statement to the Toronto Star
In an environment where Ontario’s doctors continue to be vilified by the provincial government it is easy to jump to conclusions when looking at complex billing data
January 3, 2017

Toronto, ON, Dec. 23, 2016 – In an environment where Ontario’s doctors continue to be vilified by the provincial government it is easy to jump to conclusions when looking at complex billing data. However, without all of the details about an individual physician’s practice, premature conclusions would be irresponsible.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has a process in place to review physician billings. Furthermore, police have the ability to investigate if fraudulent OHIP billings are suspected.  To-date we are not aware of any cases that the Ministry has brought forward for review or of any active investigations.

The assumption that any physician has done something wrong before a formal process has been completed is detrimental and unfair.  It is essential that all physicians have access to a just process.

In the absence of a physician services agreement, Ontario’s doctors have no formal forum to discuss these important issues and provide our expertise to improve patient care.

Dr. Virginia M. Walley
President
Ontario Medical Association