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Over 900,000 More Ontarians Now Have a Family Doctor

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Over 900,000 More Ontarians Now Have a Family Doctor

Family Health Teams Serving More Families In Peterborough

Office of the Premier

Over 17,000 more people in the Peterborough area now have doctors thanks to the Networked Peterborough Family Health Team.

Across the province, over 900,000 more people now have access to family doctors, compared to 2003. As part of the Open Ontario Plan, the government will introduce legislation to improve accountability in our publicly funded health care system while continuing to improve services for patients.

Quick Facts

  • Almost 3,000 more doctors are treating patients in Ontario since 2003 including 829 new international medical graduates.
  • The government has launched 170 Family Health Teams and they are caring for over 2.1 million Ontarians.
  • Ontario's first nurse practitioner-led clinic opened in Sudbury in 2007 and provides family health care to approximately 2,000 patients.

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“Ontarians demand, expect and deserve public health care that is second to none. The Open Ontario Plan recognizes that quality health care is one of our greatest economic advantages. That's why we'll work to continue funding the best possible care, without compromising our investments in the other priorities that matter to Ontarians.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Family Health Teams are making a tremendous difference in the quality of life for families in Peterborough. More people have access to a family doctor and that means people get the care they need when they need it.”

Jeff Leal

MPP, Peterborough

“Ontario's doctors are very proud of the progress that has been made in helping 900,000 patients find a physician. We are committed to working with the government to ensure every patient in Ontario has access to the care of a family physician.”

Dr. Suzanne Strasberg

President, Ontario Medical Association



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