Study examines how Ontario family doctors charge for uninsured services

Sick notes, form completions, prescription renewals outside of a doctor’s visit: these are some of the services that patients across Ontario sometimes have to pay for outside of OHIP-covered care. Family doctors can charge for these services because they are not part of “medically necessary” services, as defined by the province. A new study led by St. Michael’s Hospital and Columbia University aimed to uncover how these services are paid for across Ontario.
Mar 12 / 2020

DFCM Response to COVID-19

Dear colleagues, While the risk of contracting COVID-19 currently remains low for the general public, the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine feels it is imperative to keep our primary care workforce and the patients we serve healthy. Out of respect for our crucial roles in response to this virus, DFCM leadership has decided to postpone or cancel all in-person events until the end of the academic year: June 30, 2020.
Mar 12 / 2020

Dr. Michael Kidd steps down as DFCM Chair

I am writing to announce that Professor Michael Kidd will be stepping down as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine to accept an appointment as Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health of the Government of Australia, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at The Australian National University. This is a tremendous opportunity for Michael and I extend my very best wishes to him. His last day at the University of Toronto will be March 31, 2020.
Mar 5 / 2020