Premier Dalton McGuinty:
I appreciate the opportunity to meet everyone at this busy clinic. And most of all, thank you for the work you do everyday to provide care to patients and to carry on the tremendous legacy of the Peterborough Clinic, which I understand is Canada's oldest continuously operating medical clinic. Today I'm here to talk about two major improvements to our healthcare system.

First, I want to thank you for the outstanding results you're achieving in helping Peterborough families find a doctor. Through Peterborough's network of five family health teams, since 2003, more than 17,000 people have found family doctors. Congratulations. That means a lot of peace of mind for a lot of people.

Second, I want to talk about the results we're achieving right across the province. We've created over 170 family health teams since 2003. And they're a big reason why, today, 900,000 more Ontarians have a family doctor.

Here are a few other reasons why it's so much easier to get a family doctor today than it was in 2003. Our government has increased medical school spaces by 23 per cent. We've increased family residency spaces by 75 per cent. We're now funding nearly 3000 more doctors than we did in 2003. So we've made a lot of progress together.

But there's more to be done. Making sure that we get this right is what Open Ontario, our plan to build a strong Ontario, is all about. And a strong Ontario, by our definition, includes strong healthcare that's there for us today, and our children and their children tomorrow.

Family health teams are an innovative, cost-effective way to bring better care to more people. In the coming months we'll talk about more new ways to deliver better, more cost-effective care to Ontarians. And I have confidence that, working together, our generation will rise to the challenge. We will both improve our health care and make sure it's in great shape for our children.

Thank you very much.

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