Québec City, August 23, 2017 – The 150th annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) ended with physicians vowing to intensify their efforts to advocate on critical issues, including opioids and medical aid in dying.
"Technology is opening up new frontiers in medicine; advances that were unimaginable a few years ago are now within reach," said CMA President, Dr. Laurent Marcoux. "As our practices undergo this sweeping change, the CMA will continue to be a partner to patients and physicians—a driving force for collaboration and a positive source of inspiration."
The meeting in Québec City, which united over 600 participants from across Canada and the world, featured discussion on a wide range of health care issues, including physician health and burnout, opioid use in Canada and medical aid in dying.
The CMA continues to press the federal government to lead development of a national coordinating system that encompasses all aspects of end-of-life care, including advance planning, palliative care and assisted dying.
"A patchwork of provincial policies will only lead to further inequities," said Dr. Marcoux. "The CMA will continue to be an active, expert participant in the national discussion on the health issues that matter to Canadians."
The CMA contends that the health care system needs to be redesigned to meet the health care needs of our nation's growing senior population. Seniors care should be a top public policy priority for all governments in Canada and a pan-Canadian strategy is needed to address the more complex and chronic health care needs of seniors.
"The number of seniors expected to need help or care will double in the next 30 years, and Canada is not ready," warned Dr. Marcoux. "Maintaining the status quo is a prescription for disaster."