How COVID-19 has Impacted Ontario's Health Care System

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How COVID-19 has Impacted Ontario's Health Care System: The new normal for physicians and their patients

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How COVID-19 has Impacted Ontario's Health Care System: The new normal for physicians and their patients

Ontario’s economic rebound depends on our health care system recovering. On July 23rd, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) will host a webinar on the “new normal” for the health care system and what it means for Ontario’s physicians and patients. Panelists will discuss:

• Why family physicians and specialists will continue to see and treat fewer patients a day than before COVID, despite their best efforts

• Managing the backlog and resultant wait times for preventive care, diagnostic services, treatments and surgeries

• Economic pressures on community-based health care infrastructure, such as clinics and doctor’s offices

• Downstream effects on hospitals, community care, and the general health of Ontarians

Panelists include:

• Dr. Samantha Hill, Cardiac Surgeon and President of the Ontario Medical Association

• Allan O’Dette, CEO, Ontario Medical Association

• Dr. James Wright, Chief of the OMA’s Economic, Policy and Research Division, and former Chief of Perioperative Services at SickKids

Date: Thursday, July 23

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Panelists Bios:

Dr. Samantha Hill - Cardiac Surgeon and President of the Ontario Medical Association

Dr. Samantha Hill became the 139th President of the Ontario Medical Association in May 2020. In addition to her role as President, Dr. Hill works as a cardiac surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Services in Toronto. She obtained her medical degree from McGill University and holds a Masters of Science, Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University, and a Master’s of Science, Community Health, Health Practitioner Teacher Education from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has held several positions within the OMA and is a recipient of the Fitzgerald Teaching Award (2017).

Allan O’Dette - CEO, Ontario Medical Association

Allan O’Dette is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years' experience in the public, private, not-for-profit and volunteer sectors. He holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and an ICD.D Designation, Institute of Corporate Directors from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the OMA, Allan was appointed the first Chief Investment Officer for the Province of Ontario. Allan also served as President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 2012 to 2017. Allan has served on numerous private and not-for-profit boards and committees, including as Vice Chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. James Wright - Chief of the OMA’s Economic, Policy and Research Division, and former Chief of Perioperative Services at SickKids

Dr. James Wright is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and has served as Chief of the OMA’s Economics, Policy and Research Division since May 2018. Prior to joining the OMA, Dr. Wright spent two and a half years at Oxford University as Professor of Orthopaedics and Senior Research Fellow. Most of Dr. Wright’s career was at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he served as Chief of Perioperative Services and Surgeon-in-Chief. Dr. Wright was previously President of the Paediatric Specialties Association and Chair of the Paediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada. He is recipient of numerous awards such as the Order of Canada, Kappa Delta Award of AAOS and the inaugural President’s Award from SickKids. Dr. Wright has more than 240 peer-reviewed publications, including in Lancet, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the British Medical Journal.


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For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business.

The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members. The OCC’s vision is to foster a vibrant and economically sustainable province that is driven by an innovative, successful and ever-expanding business community. From innovative SMEs to established multinational corporations and industry associations, the OCC is committed to working with our members to improve business competitiveness across all sectors. The OCC represents local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in over 135 communities across Ontario, steering public policy conversations provincially and within local communities.

Join us today. Visit occ.ca to find out more.

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