Ontario docs are leaving – patients have trouble finding good doctors











{June 1, 2012}   Ontarians trust Docs more than Government
Written by Julia Belluz on June 1, 2012
 

TORONTO | Ontarians say their doctors deserve a pay freeze over a pay cut, according to a new Nanos survey on impressions of doctors and the fee-deal negotiations with government conducted for the Ontario Medical Association.

“Doctors have a trust advantage over the provincial government in terms of being reasonable during the negotiations and telling Ontarians about the negotiations’ impact on health outcomes,” the survey report stated.

More than four in 10 Ontarians said they would prefer a salary freeze for doctors, more than one in three preferred a pay increase, while one in 10 said they would prefer a pay decrease.

As well, respondents reported being concerned about access to health care if doctors get a pay cut. Nearly one in four Ontarians said they were worried doctors will leave Ontario (23.3%) while a further two in 10 said that quality of care will decrease and wait times will be longer (17.8%).

Respondents also said they would put their trust in doctors over the government.

“Doctors and the OMA are well-regarded and have more credibility than the government in terms of being reasonable during the negotiations and telling Ontarians (about) the impact on health-care outcomes,” the report stated. A small minority or respondents said they trust the government in terms of making long-term decisions (12.0%) and spending tax dollars wisely (7.4%).

The random telephone survey involved 500 Ontarians over the age of 18 and was conducted on May 11 and 13, 2012. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

 

 

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