Ultimately health care jobs come from the government using new money to create new jobs, or from individuals or groups finding opportunities within the current funding envelope.
Is the Ministry going to offer new money? At the present time, this is unknown. The Ministry is certainly studying this, but has not announced any opportunities outside of the demonstration projects. While it seems likely and is consistent with what the government has been saying and doing, the health care community is awaiting Government announcement about specific initiatives.
Are there job opportunities within the health care system as it currently stands? To a large extent this depends upon the imagination and initiative of individuals and leaders of health care institutions. Jobs will come from those who have work and a budget, and foresee savings or new revenue opportunities from employing PAs. In hospitals, such jobs could include hospitalist, ICU, surgical or ER assistants. The further you get away from the GTA, the greater is the likelihood that there will be job opportunities. In physician offices jobs could include PAs in rostered family practices, surgical or diabetes clinics, or other chronic disease clinics, such as heart failure, HIV, lipid, stroke prevention and geriatrics.