Ontario to cut down on medical facilities to save millions

Ontario intends to cut down on a number of health-care facilities, such as unsuccessful fertility tests, pointless ear-wax removal measures, and repetitive pre-operation check-ups, in order to lessen the cost of health-care. According to estimates by the government, implementing the recommendations will let it save about $83 million in one year.

The modifications which were publicized on Thursday, by co-chairs of the Appropriateness Working Group, Dr. Joshua Tepper and Dr. Paul Tenenbein, were following the initial stage of recommendations by a team that concentrated on limiting unfitting or overused physician facilities.

Consisting of members from the Ontario Medical Association and the provincial government, the committee was formed after an arbitration decision that paved way for an updated physician contract. Its work description included recommending modifications which could lead savings up to $460 million.

The group also recommended more accurate sinus testing and technology updates to a couple of cardiac monitoring devices. These were approved by the province. A total of 11 recommendations have been released by the team.

“It’s making more time in people’s day to see the right type of patients and allowing people to move through the system faster and making sure the care they do get in the system is the right care,” Dr. Tepper said.

The group stated that patients suffering from lasting hip and knee pain will be referred to specialized clinics to improve arthritic care, as it will lessen redundant hip and knee CT/MRI scans. Knee arthroscopies will not be carried out for patients with chronic knee ailments.

It also proposed an end to the funding of loop recordings, an ambulatory cardiac monitoring device, as they deem it obsolete.

According to Dr. Joshua Tepper, these modifications will come into effect from the 1st of October.