McGuinty government provides small communities with better access to doctors

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McGuinty government provides small communities with better access to doctors

Ministry of Health

Invests $185,000 In Program That Places Medical Residents In Underserviced Areas TORONTO, July 6 - The McGuinty government is providing northern and rural Ontarians with better access to doctors by committing $185,000 annually to a program that places medical residents in underserviced areas of the province, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Many medical graduates never consider practising in small communities because they have no experience providing health care in such a setting," Smitherman said. "The Resident Placement Program exposes medical residents to small-town medicine and encourages them to practise in communities that need doctors. This program is an important part of our government's plan to improve access to doctors across the province." The Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) has been running the program as a pilot over the last three years. The government funding of $185,000 each year will allow PAIRO to run the program on a permanent basis. Through the Resident Placement Program, new doctors are introduced to underserviced communities, with the option of locating there to practise permanently. "We are thrilled that the government has recognized what a great success the Resident Placement Program has been," said Dr. Danielle Martin, President of PAIRO. "It actively connects new doctors to communities in need and is part of the solution to addressing the challenges of doctor shortages in underserviced communities." Since the program's inception in 2001, more than 200 residents have been placed in underserviced communities. Yesterday, the minister took part in the resident-for-a-day program organized by PAIRO where he observed residents at work at Seaton House Shelter and a family medicine clinic in Toronto. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154