Many of us are concerned about not having a doctor who knows them. As many doctors retire and new doctors locate in the suburbs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for residents of OOS to find health care within the community.
An article by Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth in the OSCAR July-August 2020 (page 23) summarizes the fate of family practitioners who are on a Fee for Service (FFS) model in Ottawa. To minimize costs, they are being forced to move to the suburbs. And if they want to practice in a more effective, holistic manner in a Family Health Organization (FHO), they must move to suburbs as well as that is where Ontario funds new FHOs.
Recognizing the health care issue that is facing our community, SWOOS is exploring every avenue. In January, an opinion piece by Terrance Hunsley asked “With Population Aging, is it time to explore nurse-practitioner led clinic?”
As we move through the political realm to the policy makers in both the Ontario and Federal governments, we need more information about health care needs. We know that they will only increase with the aging population but what are they at present?
If you or someone you know is concerned about health care now or in the future, please respond by email to SWOOS2018@gmail.com. Indicate in the subject line “OOS Health Care”
You can say as much or little as you like about your concerns. Just having a response will be of value to our efforts.
OSCA/SWOOS Housing/Health Group (Anna Cuylits, Terrance Hunsley, Carolyn Inch)