Ontario primary care crisis could be possible, medical association says

OTTAWA — The Ontario Medical Association says a survey of its members shows nearly half the primary-care clinics in the province are at risk of closing their doors because doctors can’t pay the bills.

Most clinics have been serving patients in virtual ways — such as by over the phone — since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada.

The Ontario government created new billing codes to allow doctors to be appropriately paid for those appointments.


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