We need to act now so people in Ontario can get care when they need it.
OMA News release Jan. 29, 2024
Ontario’s doctors warn of worsening health-care crisis if family doctor shortage is not addressed immediately
Ontario is facing a family doctor shortage in every region of the province and the Ontario Medical Association is warning it will continue to grow unless immediate action is taken by the government.
Far too many Ontarians, a staggering 2.3 million people, are already without a family doctor and that number is expected to nearly double in only two years.
According to HealthForceOntario, which posts job openings for physicians, there are more than 2,500 physicians needed in the province.
“The implications of people not being able to access primary care are severe,” said OMA President Dr. Andrew Park. “The crisis we have seen unfold in Sault Ste. Marie, leaving thousands of people without a family doctor, will replicate itself across the province. We can’t just sit back and watch this situation get worse. We need to act now so people in Ontario can get care when they need it.”