We are stronger and more credible when we reflect the voices of all our members.
That includes remuneration. All groups must be represented and truly integrated into a rigorous and transparent decision-making process.
The pandemic brought virtual care to the forefront. Patients, rightly, now expect access. Doctors, rightly, expect to be fairly paid for their expertise, no matter the platform.
Remuneration for assessments done virtually must be fair. Political decision makers must be held to account to ensure that virtual care works for both patient and physician.
The pandemic has also exposed that some doctors were and remain more vulnerable than others, and confirmed that we need to focus on fairness.
Issues such as the gender gap and relativity speak to the need to achieve this, and leave no groups of doctors behind.
A potential solution? Revise from cover to cover the Schedule of Benefits under the referee of a neutral third-party process. That is the simple, yet complex and most critically important goal we must explore to achieve a more modern, fair and balanced model of remuneration.
We must pay attention to our own health. The stresses of the pandemic left psychological scars on many of our colleagues and our future, the residents, fellows and medical students.
Our leaders should give priority to a plan, both short term and long term, to address the mental health needs of physicians, no matter where they are in their career.
The list of challenges is long but my commitment to you is to fight to “Build back stronger” by ensuring that the OMA becomes more member responsive; to be proactive and not reactive.
The OMA is only as strong as being intimately responsive to members’ fears and concerns, and if we are going to be proactive, nimble and decisive, then the new smaller OMA Board needs to have strong leadership and ability to pivot and make difficult decisions.
In closing I seek your support and invite you to visit Doctoryamashiro.ca
Ask me questions, challenge me and I will be ready to listen, learn and respond and then incorporate your concerns as your OMA Board Director.