Results of the vote by Ontario doctors on a tentative new fee agreement with the province are expected to be announced later Monday.
Ballots were cast Sunday during a town hall-style meeting during which doctors argued both for and against the agreement between the Ontario Medical Association and the province.
The four-year deal would increase Ontario’s $11.5 billion physician services budget by 2.5 per cent a year, to $12.9 billion by 2020. It would also allow doctors to co-manage the system with the Ministry of Health.
Kathleen Wynne’s government imposed fee cuts for some doctors’ services in 2015, but the new accord promises no more unilateral cuts over the four years.
There are still a number of doctors who are angry the OMA failed to get an agreement on binding arbitration, though the association says it will continue to fight for that right in court.