OMSA Response to MOHLTC's Proposal for New Reimbursement Plan for Physician Services

Hey fellow medical students!

Your Ontario Medical Students’ Association (OMSA) team here! With the holidays fast approaching, receiving information about the ongoing issues between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the government can be overwhelming and difficult to decipher - we feel the same way! We are working hard to make information on recent events available for you in a transparent and concise way, and we are truly interested in hearing your opinions and views on what is happening so we can best represent all of you.

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Ministry) presented a proposal for a new reimbursement plan for physician services on December 14th. The OMA was not consulted during the proposal development and, although the Ministry has expressed interest in engaging with the OMA going forward, the proposed plan is not up for negotiation. The Ministry’s absence of meaningful consultation risks further erosion of its relationship with the medical profession.


So where does this leave us medical students? Well, we are worried about the impact this development could have on our education. The OMA has not ruled out job action in response to the proposal. Job action typically refers to employees taking measures to disrupt normal workflow to put pressure on employers and/or the government. In other industries this can mean a withdrawal of services while the workforce is on strike. Although it is unclear what job action might look like for the medical profession, it could potentially disrupt medical education with respect to clerkship supervision and access to clinical teaching opportunities. We want to do what we can to prevent this, so OMSA is reaching out to the parties involved to explore safeguards that would minimize any disruptions to students’ quality of education. 

We will provide more detailed information about the Ministry proposal and potential job action in our next communique and in the new year. In the meantime, we invite you to share your thoughts, questions or concerns with us so we can continue to do our best to represent you!

How? Contact your friendly neighbourhood VP External to relay your comments to OMSA, or contact our Director of Representation directly, Lauren Crosby (representation@omsa.ca).

Wishing you best of luck on your remaining exams and the happiest of holidays! 

Ali Damji & Justin Cottrell
Co-Chairs

Lauren Crosby
Director of Representation