The Ministry of Health says they conducted an in-depth analysis on the anticipated costs of new funding arrangements for doctors. When asked by the Auditor General of Ontario, they couldn’t quite find it.
They may have similarly just overlooked the fact that a significant number of doctors in family health groups (13%) and family health organizations (18%) had actually not signed their contracts or declaration forms, leading the auditor to question whether these doctors fully understood their obligations under these new arrangements. Whoops!
The auditor’s report gives a clear indication why the docs suddenly had an overriding interest in group practice – much higher compensation levels.