Smearing doctors doesn’t help to improve health care | Toronto Star

Re: Physicians’ incomes at heart of dispute in province, Feb. 10 Physicians’ incomes at heart of dispute in province, Feb. 10 It is only through an intellectually dishonest straw man argument that Dr. Berger is able to dismiss Dr. Alam and other...

Smearing doctors doesn’t help to improve health care | Toronto Star

Re: Physicians’ incomes at heart of dispute in province, Feb. 10

Physicians’ incomes at heart of dispute in province, Feb. 10

It is only through an intellectually dishonest straw man argument that Dr. Berger is able to dismiss Dr. Alam and other grassroots physician advocates as concerned only with their income and not with the health of their patients.

It’s true — simply paying doctors more is not a magic fix for the health-care system, but no one is actually saying that. How does it help to consistently silence and ignore the critiques not just from physicians, but of the other health-care workers who opposed Bill 41 and continued cuts to front-line services?

I stand with laid-off nurses, underpaid PSWs, the overburdened homecare system and my overworked physicians colleagues, all of whose concerns go unheard by an ineffective government. Smearing physician advocates as single-mindedly pursuing money obscures any meaningful discussion we might be having about health care in Ontario.

Dr. Michelle Cohen, Brighton, Ont.

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