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Supply and Utilization of General Practitioner and Family Physician Services in Ontario


The face of family medicine has changed substantially with a decreasing physician supply, an aging workforce and less comprehensive care. These trends are significant because primary care practitioners are critical to accessing the health system, serving as a first line of contact for patients and a venue for accessing specialized services.

This report examines trends affecting the sustainability of Ontario's primary care workforce and recommends increased vigilance in reviewing and monitoring the impact of established policies governing physician supply and models of care, as well as evolving social trends.



Chan BT, Schultz SE. August 2005

Contributing ICES Scientists

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