Ontario government and doctors reach last-minute deal in effort to save virtual ERs – CTV

March 30, 2023

Ontario has granted a three-month funding extension for doctors to provide care through virtual emergency departments, The Canadian Press has learned.

Several hospitals had said they planned to shut down their virtual ERs — and one says it still will — because the provincial funding was set to run out after Friday.

The last-minute deal reached between the province and the Ontario Medical Association extends funding until June 30, said Health Minister Sylvia Jones.

“We will continue to work with the OMA to ensure that care is available to Ontarians where and when they need it,” Jones wrote in a statement.

The government will “assess what is needed across the health-care system” for a long-term plan on virtual ERs, she said.

Read more: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-government-and-doctors-reach-last-minute-deal-in-effort-to-save-virtual-ers-1.6335583

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