The Present Challenge to the Future of Healthcare
The Province of Ontario is facing significant financial challenges.
As public servants, Ontario’s Anesthesiologists are eager to contribute to their solution.
On the front lines of healthcare, we believe we are best positioned to find efficiencies. Building on the success of the Anesthesia Care Team Model, which we helped create and implement, Ontario’s Anesthesiologists will continue to consider and propose innovative models for the effective and efficient provision of care.
Ontario’s anesthesiologists are medical doctors who have completed 13 or more years of specialized education in medicine and anesthesiology, and have been certified as specialists by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Anesthesiologists are familiar with all medical conditions and their management during surgery. We
- prepare patients for surgery,
- manage their vital signs throughout operative procedures, and
- minimize their discomfort afterwards.
We also play significant roles in nearly every field of acute healthcare, from the Emergency Room to the Delivery Room.
Anesthesiology in Ontario
Anesthesia is the condition of having sensation—pain, feeling, awareness—temporarily blocked by the careful administration of drugs by an anesthesiologist. Whether it’s by freezing a small part of your body or by putting you under general anesthetic, anesthesiologists work to keep you safe, still, and comfortable during medical procedures.
Anesthesiologists also play significant roles in nearly every field of acute healthcare (click each term for more information):
• Emergency Rooms
• Intensive Care Units
• Trauma Units
• Chronic Pain Clinics
• Outpatient Facilities
More information on Ontario’s anesthesiologists and their practices is available here.
By the Numbers
Of Ontario’s 24,000 doctors, approximately 1,200 are anesthesiologists who serve Ontario’s population of more than 13,000,000.
- Physicians in Ontario 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 – The Ontario Physician Human Resources Data Centre (OPHRDC)
- OHIP claims database 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11 – Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)
Healthcare Needs in Ontario
Ontario’s growing and aging population is expected to put increasing pressure on the province’s budget. The table below shows the province’s average expenditure on the healthcare of each individual within the age-group listed. The following table shows a projection of the growth in Ontario’s older population. Combined, this data indicates an increasing reliance on healthcare services across the province, and an urgent need for collaborative and creative solutions to improve the delivery of this care.