As the CMA's General Council prepares to gather in Calgary in August, meeting organizers have received feedback from close to 1,600 members on the issues that will be up for discussion.
The membership survey found that:
- 89% of respondents agreed that physicians "should collaborate with governments on cost-reduction initiatives by taking the lead in identifying clinical activities that are often of little or no value," while only 3.3% disagreed;
- when it comes to patients' advance directives for end-of-life care, most physicians - 60.9% - have discussed the subject with fewer than 25% of their patients;
- if physician-assisted suicide is legalized, 25.8% of respondents said they were very or somewhat likely to participate, while 54.19% were very or somewhat unlikely to do so - similar to the proportions found in an earlier survey of members of the CMA's e-Panel;
- a third of respondents (31.9%) said some specialties should be training/producing fewer graduates, while 16.7% said no; cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery were cited most frequently as specialties that should be producing fewer graduates.
The information will be used to "inform discussion" during the General Council meeting, which will be held from Aug. 19-21.