July 30, 2012
CORNWALL – Local doctors in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry will have the opportunity to share with the public their concerns with the Government’s plan to cut $338 million in funding from the provincial health care budget.
Jim McDonell, MPP will host a public information meeting on the subject at Chateau Cornwall on August 7 and expects a strong turnout from doctors who serve patients in the riding. The town hall will begin at 6.30pm and is titled “The Government, Your Doctor and You”.
The announced cuts in the OHIP fee schedule affect physicians in all areas of medicine including anesthesia, cardiology, radiology and family medicine. Jim McDonell, MPP commented: “I’ve extended an invitation to all doctors in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to come talk to the public about the impact these cuts will have on our community’s access to healthcare. This is an essential issue for all constituents. I’ve heard physicians’ concerns both in the riding and at Queen’s Park, however I feel the community needs to be able to hear straight talk on the issue from those most affected by the cuts”.
During the town hall meeting, local specialists and family physicians will make a presentation followed by a Q&A session where the public will be able to learn about the impact of specific cuts in the fee schedule on a particular area of practice.
Concluding, MPP Jim McDonell said: “It is essential that we have this discussion. Our healthcare system must be able to face the tough challenges that lie ahead, improve the level of service to Ontarians and equip itself to meet the community’s evolving needs”.
Members of the public are invited to participate. The meeting will be held at Chateau Cornwall, 41 Amelia St Cornwall, between 6.30 and 8.30 pm on Tuesday, August 7.