Ontario’s doctors and physicians stand divided as a vote on Sunday could see their annual budget go up.
The new fee agreement, if voted in, would increase the province’s physician services budget of 11.5 billion dollars by 2.5 per cent a year to almost 13 billion dollars by 2020.
Alongside the increase in funding, the agreement would also give doctors the ability to co-manage the healthcare system with the Ministry of Health as well as Long Term Care.
While some health professionals are for the increase, others believe the Ontario Medical Association should have kept to it’s original demand for binding arbitration.
A gathering of the provinces doctor’s, that go under the name Concerned Ontario Doctors, have staged rallies and protests urging their fellow colleagues to reject the offer.
The group has stated that rather than providing more money for doctors, they would rather see the increase in funds go towards proper funding for patient care.
The move for a new fee agreement comes one year after the Liberal government imposed fee cuts to certain doctor’s services.