Many of us have been deluged by a flood of OMA messages regarding the surprise-release of a 4-year tentative Physician Services Agreement (tPSA). Here is what has unfolded in the past few weeks:
- OMA released and heavily promoted the tPSA on July 11th.
- OMA pushed doctors to vote "yes" on a non-binding referendum only 2 weeks later.
- OMA scheduled a Council meeting on August 6th to make the final deal decision.
- Most Ontario physicians were unaware that negotiations were even taking place.
- Most felt angry, even betrayed by the lack of binding arbitration, fee increases that fell short of expectations, caps, co-rationing of healthcare, & the lack of details.
- Most doctors felt this deal was bad for doctors and patients alike.
- The Coalition of Ontario Doctors was formed (http://votenopsa.com/)
- The Coalition went to court and got access to the OMA email database.
- A Coalition petition signed by over 3,000 doctors was submitted to the OMA.
- OMA bylaws made it accept the petition and set a members' meeting Aug 14th.
- Doctors now have the right to vote on the deal and have each vote count.
- Doctors who cannot attend the meeting can vote by binding proxy.
- The Proxy war commenced.
- OMA blanketed doctors with emails and even robocalls to get "yes" proxies.
- OMA proxies pushed "yes" and made it difficult to vote "no"
- The Coalition took this to court.
- Ontario Superior Court ruled OMA proxies biased and that they be thrown out.
- Unbiased proxies plus 2 additional questions were added by the Coalition regarding binding arbitration and increased negotiations transparency to OMA Section leaders.
- OMA refuses to allow ex/non-members to join and cast a vote after July 27th.
This battle isn't over yet. Be informed and make your vote count.
DoctorsOntario is a proud member of the Coalition of Ontario Doctors. Support us and your own Coalition groups. To vote and ensure your vote is counted, visit http://votenopsa.com/how-voting-works/ or call: 1-888-518-6805.
Douglas Mark MD, Interim President
and the Board of DoctorsOntario