One Million More Ontarians Have A Family Doctor

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One Million More Ontarians Have A Family Doctor

McGuinty Government Helping More Ontarians Get The Care They Need

Office of the Premier

Ontario has helped one million more people find a family doctor since 2003 -- the equivalent to finding a doctor for 16 Ontarians every hour.

Having access to family health care helps keep pressure off hospital emergency rooms, can improve health outcomes and most importantly, delivers peace of mind to Ontario families.

Investing in front line health care is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services and improve quality and accountability for patients.

Quick Facts

  • 94 per cent of Ontarians, aged 16 or over, now have a family doctor.
  • By 2013, twice as many doctors will be graduating from Ontario medical schools than in 2003.
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine has the capacity to train 224 students per year.
  • Ontario has created more than 10,000 nursing position since 2003 and is moving forward with 25 nurse practitioner-led clinics across the province.

Quotes

“One million more Ontario families now have the quality health care they need, close to home. Helping people connect with doctors makes our families healthier and our province stronger.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Ontario's doctors are committed to helping build a stronger health care system for our patients. We will continue to work with our government partners to build upon the successes we have achieved of helping patients find a family doctor. Our goal is to help develop a comprehensive system that will improve patients' access to high quality, equitable health care that will also result in the best outcomes for our patients.”

Dr. Mark MacLeod

President, Ontario Medical Association

“Primary Care is a centerpiece of a well functioning health care system and family practice nurses and nurse practitioners have greatly contributed to improving the public's access to quality primary care. I want to congratulate the McGuinty Government for its foresight in opening in 2007 the first in Canada NP-Led Clinics and for funding 25 additional ones as part of the solution to ensure every Ontarian has a primary care giver.”

Doris Grinspun

Executive Director of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario

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