The pregnancy and parental leave benefits programme was established under the 2004 Framework Agreement on Medical Services. The data in this file includes the names of the doctors, the addresses, the OHIP invoice number and the amount of the benefits. DB: Well, first of all, there`s a nuance not to be missed. The introduction of T tariffs for a surgical procedure would set a precedent that we would have to look at very carefully, given that its wider application could be the diversion of funds from medical payments to hospital operating budgets. It is not in our interest or in the interest of the department. In addition, it could expose the ministry to the potential of “double dipping,” where hospitals receive both resources and T fees to support the same services. Second, we have an agreement from the department to separate the funding of the technical components of diagnostic services from professional fees, so that new T fees will require negotiations on new funding, which does not currently exist. It can be easy for the department to feel that the proposed fee (or the total cost associated with it) is too high. It is likely that each factor comes into play to varying degrees. Dr. Bach`s experience at the OMA includes representing the medical profession on a trilateral committee (with members of the OMA, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association) that completed a comprehensive review of issues related to the funding and delivery of the technical components of diagnostic services. DB: It`s important to clarify that radiologists weren`t negotiating T royalties. The OMA negotiates with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on behalf of its members.
T rates are an important theme for our association and the profession. The 2004 Framework Agreement on Medical Services mandated a trilateral diagnostic services committee to conduct a comprehensive review of all aspects of funding for diagnostic services in Ontario. This committee meets regularly and reports to the profession. PA: Can any doctor or gastroenterologist in Ontario pay a T-tax for endoscopy? A relocation support program is being put in place through HealthForceOntario to encourage physicians who do not live or currently practice in Ontario and who have a connection to Ontario or Canada to practice in that province. . . .