*** If you are a veteran, you no longer need a referral from a physician to receive coverage for podiatry services.  

*** The OPMA supports the Motion approved by the Ontario Legislature on November 27, 2014 requiring the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop a "comprehensive and integrated" Lyme Disease Strategy for Ontario. In particular, the OPMA hopes that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will improve the information it makes available to help the public and health care practitioners prevent, identify, diagnose and treat Lyme Disease before the Lyme Season begins in 2015.


Ottawa Podiatrist Benefits from Lengthy Wait for Foot & Ankle Surgery

As patients who suffer from foot and ankle ailments continue to wait for surgery to relieve their pain, Ottawa podiatrist Dr. David Greenberg can barely keep up with the growing demand. Greenberg, one of just a handful of fully-licensed private practicing podiatrists, is doing whatever he can to help patients who suffer from chronic foot and ankle pain get better faster, or at least in a reasonable amount of time.


And even though the wait times for his clinic are manageable now, it all may change because of the growing backlog of patients waiting for foot and ankle surgeries at Ottawa hospitals. "It can take up to two years before anyone can be seen by an orthopaedic surgeon," said Greenberg, who has been practicing for 42 years.

Source: Dani-Elle Dube, Ottawa Sun [3/28/15]

CALLING ALL PODIATRISTS

The OPMA is working very hard for all podiatrists in Ontario and for those podiatrists who one day may wish to return to practise full scope podiatry in Ontario. The review by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council is bringing us closer and closer to success. If you are a DPM practising in Ontario as a podiatrist, or as a chiropodist, or if you are DPM practising outside of Ontario, but may wish one day to return, please join the OPMA TODAY and help us get the job done for you.

For in-province practitioners, join by completing and submitting the following form (click here). Membership Fee $1,667.

For out-of-province practitioners, join by completing and submitting the following form (click here). Membership  Fee $50.



IF PODIATRY HAS WORKED FOR YOU, YOU CAN HELP IT WORK BETTER

The Ontario government is considering adopting a podiatry model of foot and ankle care to allow Ontario podiatrists to use all of their training to better serve their patients, as podiatrists can now do in Alberta, British Columbia, Québec, 46 States and the District of Colombia in the United States. The proposal is set out and explained in detail at:

http://www.hprac.org/en/reports/resources/Chiropody_Podiatry_Applicant_proposal.pdf

If you have had a positive experience with the podiatrist, we ask you to relate your experiences and support adopting a podiatry model by sending a letter to the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council. Its postal address is:

 

Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council

56 Wellesley St. W, 12th Floor

Toronto, ON. M5S 2S3

Attention: Second Consultation - Chiropody and Podiatry Review

The e-mail address is: HPRACSubmissions@ontario.ca

 

HPRAC has extended the deadline for submissions to March 31, 2015. 


If you have the time to read the full proposal and respond to the Council's questionnaire, you can do so online at: https://questionpro.com/t/AG3RVZR8zU



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