Ontario reaches deal with doctors in effort to save virtual ERs

The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario has granted a three-month funding extension for doctors to provide care through a virtual emergency department.

Several hospitals said they planned to close virtual ERs after Friday due to lack of state funding.

Health Minister Sylvia Jones said an agreement with the Ontario Medical Association will extend the funding to June 30.

She said she will work with the association to ensure patients receive the care they need.

Unity Health Toronto, which operates several hospitals, said the last-minute deal won’t change plans to close its successful virtual emergency department.

Another hospital in Toronto also planned to close its virtual ER because state funding was running out, but two other hospitals said they would stay open regardless of government funding.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 30, 2023.

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