CAPA member and University of Toronto Alumni, Laurel MacInnis featured as a contributor in a Technical Note arthoscopic technique…more.
“Physician assistants are relatively new to the Ontario health-care scene,”he said, adding it was a program he taught at McMaster University for eight years.
Two things people complain about when it comes to family doctors, Remington said, is how long it takes to get an appointment and the limited amount of time they spend with the doctor.
“This is as close to cloning myself as I can get. With a physician assistant, there’s now two of us that can potentially see a patient. The physician assistant can do routine checks and that frees my time up for more complex patients. Having one in the office when I am out doesn’t limit time seeing patients.”…more.
Remington highlighted the benefits of having a physician assistant, chief among them reduced wait times. The PA can also increase the availability of care outside regular clinic hours and can work under directives, allowing them to practise when the doctor is not present in the clinic. PAs also allow the doctor to spend more time on complex patients and extracurricular activities without negatively impacting patient access…more.
The solution is a simple one. Take all medical services provided inside hospitals, as well as in other institutions whose operating budgets are now funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and transfer the funding envelope for those services to the institutions using them. This would allow hospitals to take control of and become more financially accountable for the activities that occur within their walls, as well as allowing them to break the physician stranglehold on in-house medical services by pioneering more innovative and less costly means to deliver services: more salaried workers, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses, for example…more.