Our team of family doctors has served in Port Perry for a long time, some longer than 20 years. If our years of experience have taught us anything, it’s that the government needs to work with doctors to ensure we have a strong, patient-focused, health-care system.
Ontario’s population is growing and aging. This means patients are going to need more care. So we’re having a hard time understanding why the government would cut necessary funding required for the care doctors provide.
Six local physicians have committed to provide palliative care to cancer patients at the end of their lives. Our patients are grateful to receive this care in the comfort of their homes. And we’re privileged to care for them.
Our group of doctors applied for funding to be on-call 24/7, 365 days per year for palliative patients in our community. But we were denied. It feels like our patients were denied the extra care they need and deserve by the government.
We’re doing as much as we can to make sure our patients aren’t affected by the government’s cuts. Now our team must find a way to continue to provide home visits without the necessary funding. This will not be easy.
This is not the only doctor-provided service that has been cut. There are other examples. Limiting the funding needed for physician services is not the way to solve serious problems in our health-care system.
Our patients deserve better.
Dr. Steven Russell, Dr. Kim Ferguson, Dr. Merrilee Brown,
Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Matthew Schurter and Dr. Antonietta Chiella