OMA Brings Awareness to Wait Times Crisis in New Campaign

“People are fed up” said Dr. Whatley, OMA President, “with waiting intolerable amounts of time for procedures like hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery. It’s unacceptable.” The Not A Second Longer campaign intends to spotlight one of the major issues that burden the Ontario health care system – unacceptable wait times. Ontario’s physicians are committed to…

Canada’s health-care wait times hit new record— 21.2 weeks

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By comparison, Canadians waited 9.3 weeks in 1993 when the Fraser Institute first reported wait times for medically necessary elective treatments. Read more here: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/waiting-your-turn-wait-times-for-health-care-in-canada-2017

Standing Committee on General Government – Bill 160, Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017

EPSO’s leadership petition the provincial government to ban the act of unregulated eye tattooing by anyone other than a regulated health professional. Read more here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_details.do?Date=2017-11-16&ParlCommID=8998&BillID=5096&Business=&locale=en&DocumentID=33989#P229_35673

Eye Surgeons Urge Proper Use of Cosmetic Contacts this Halloween

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario are reminding people to take good care when considering complementing their costumes with unregulated cosmetic contact lenses. Currently, cosmetic lenses may be purchased in novelty stores without a prescription. “While decorative contact lenses may seem harmless, many forget that they are legitimate medical devices,”…