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Family doctors are the foundation of our healthcare system. Currently, there is a crisis in family medicine. System-wide issues, including compensation that hasn’t kept pace with inflation, administrative burden, and a lack of team support, are driving family doctors from the profession. These challenges are preventing family doctors from doing what they most need and want to do, which is to spend time with patients. It’s hurting patients, family doctors and the health system.

It’s not ok.

We need our government and our partners in health care to know this too.

The OCFP is calling for meaningful changes to help family doctors today. Read on for updates on the action we are taking.

Standing up for Family Doctors

Latest updates:

Statement – April 24, 2024

Family doctors are the foundation of Ontario’s health care system, and Ontario needs family physicians spending time with patients, not on paperwork.  Last year, the OCFP surveyed our members and more than 1,300 family doctors responded. We heard loud and clear that they wanted OCFP to help cut the administrative burden…
Read the full statement

Political Action

Through forums, polls and Communities of Practice, the OCFP has heard from family doctors.

It’s not ok that family doctors are:

  • Spending up to 19 hours a week on administrative tasks, most of which is unnecessary.
  • Not benefitting from equitable access to team-based primary care.
  • Often on the receiving end of admin tasks/work downloaded by other health professionals.
  • Struggling to keep up with the growing expenses of running a family doctors office.

Urgent Action Needed

The OCFP is advocating for urgent action to help family doctors today.

  • We must act not to cut down the unnecessary administrative burden that family doctors are experiencing.
  • Every family doctor, regardless of what payment model you work in, needs access to team supports.
  • The Ontario government must recognize the role of family doctors and provide them with compensation that keeps pace with inflation and reflects the increasingly complex care they provide.

Raising Our Voices for Family Doctors

Political Action

We are focused on bringing urgently needed changes to help family doctors in their practice right now.

Media Headlines

The OCFP is proactively raising the issues family doctors are facing in the media.

What’s Next?

The OCFP will not stop advocating until your remuneration, relief from the untenable amounts of unpaid administrative work, and your ability to care for patients within the full scope of your training have been realized. We want our members to achieve a work-life balance that brings meaning and fulfillment to your careers as you provide the most essential medical care to all Ontarians.

Speak Out!

Join the OCFP in speaking out in media and have your voice heard.