Ontario is telling doctors that they should be providing in-person care now instead of virtual visits.
A joint letter from the chief medical officer of health, a senior government bureaucrat and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario says COVID-19 should no longer pose a barrier to in-person practice.
Dr. Kieran Moore and the other signatories to the letter say earlier pressures such as the severity of the pandemic and a lack of personal protective equipment led to prioritizing virtual care, but the situation has now improved.
The letter says they are increasingly hearing about doctors’ offices not providing in-person care, but that is essential for certain conditions or services.
Moore, the college and the Ministry of Health say it’s expected that all doctors are providing in-person care now.
More than 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.