As a resident of the Beach and a physician, I was disappointed to read MPP Arthur Potts’ column [Working on the future of healthcare in Ontario – In My Opinion, Feb. 23], which leaves out important facts about the cuts to healthcare that have been imposed by the Ontario government.
The government is making cuts to the budget that goes towards physician services, which includes all the necessary care doctors provide to patients. The cuts are being made because the 1.25 per cent increase to the budget that goes towards medical care is not enough to keep up with the demand of patients in need.
This makes me worry about the ability of our healthcare system to meet the needs of all residents, especially when I look around and see our expanding community – coupled with an aging population.
Working in a busy clinic with patients who face medical conditions that often deeply affect their quality of life, I see how they rely on the healthcare system and depend on the ability to access medical care when they need it.
Ensuring that the health-care system is sustainable now and in the future is crucial to my patients and requires that government works with doctors to ensure access to high quality care is always protected.
Dean Elterman, MD MSc FRCSC