Doctors in Ontario will vote this weekend on a new fee agreement with the province, after going without a contract for two years.
The proposed four-year deal would increase Ontario’s physician services budget by 2.5% a year, to 12.9 billion dollars by 2020.
But some doctors want their colleagues to reject the deal, saying the Ontario Medical Association should have stuck to its demand for binding arbitration. OMA president Virginia Walley admits the agreement “isn’t perfect.”
A group called Concerned Ontario Doctors staged rallies and protest marches urging doctors to reject the deal, saying it’s not looking for more money for doctors, just adequate funding for patient care.