The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) welcomes Deputy Premier & Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Christine Elliott’s announcement of legislation to establish and maintain a mental health and addictions strategy in Ontario. The priority of Ontario’s doctors is the health and well-being of every resident in the province.
The OMA sees a mental health and addictions strategy as an essential component of improving care and enhancing the sustainability of Ontario’s healthcare system. Earlier this year, the OMA used a pre-budget submission to call on the government to introduce a strategy to address suicide with a focus on integration of mental health and addiction programs.
Investments in mental health and addiction services will result in better patient outcomes while supporting system-wide cost savings. Improving mental health and addiction care, and investing in prevention and early intervention programs, will help to reduce wait times.
“Ontario’s doctors are on the frontline of care. Every day we see the impact of a patch-work of mental health and addictions programs. We are encouraged by Minister Elliott’s efforts and commitment,” said Dr. Sohail Gandhi, President of the OMA. “Ontario’s doctors are ready to collaborate to ensure that Ontario’s mental health and addictions strategy meets the health needs of the people.”
The OMA looks forward to working with the government to ensure that The Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act is able to best support Ontario’s patients.
About the OMA
The Ontario Medical Association is a membership organization that represents the interests of doctors in Ontario. Our 41,000 members are practicing and retired doctors, residents and medical students.
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