Canadian Medical Association

Medical practice and health care are continually evolving.

How and where people are cared for is different today than even a few decades ago. Though the evolution has often been difficult, the medical profession has learned from the past and looks to the future. There are always new challenges to overcome, solutions to be found and innovations to be embraced.

At the CMA, we work to advance the programs and create a culture to support the leadership, innovation and training needed for Canadian health care.


Inspiring with an annual Health Summit

The CMA’s inaugural Health Summit, Inspiring a Future to Better Health, exceeded expectations with more than 700 attendees. At the meeting in Winnipeg in August, members and health care stakeholders explored innovative approaches and new technologies like big data analytics, digital information exchange and robotics and augmented intelligence. 

Keynote speakers and panellists discussed how new technologies can enhance patient-centred care, improve care delivery to vulnerable populations and improve systems efficiency at the local, regional and national levels. But they also highlighted the fact that achieving this potential comes with challenges: we need to protect privacy, scale up beyond the pilot project stage and develop more flexible regulatory frameworks.

Building on this success, we will present our second Health Summit under the banner Connecting Health — A Pan-Canadian Priority. It will be held Aug. 12-13, 2019, in Toronto.

Initiating national conversations that inform health policy 

Provoking change and much-needed dialogue is an important focus for the CMA. For example, in 2018 we commissioned an Ipsos survey that revealed that people between the ages of 18 and 34 see doctors frequently, reporting an average of 11 or more visits every year. Despite this, they're also the most eager demographic to adopt technology to manage their own health. Addressing the needs of this generation requires scaling up the adoption of technology in health care.

These findings set the stage for ongoing Health Summit conversations as the CMA explores how to scale up innovation and break down the barriers to better health care delivery. 

Preparing the profession for the future — Joule

Joule, the CMA’s innovation company, delivers solutions driven by and for physicians, residents and medical students. In 2018, Joule awarded innovation grants to nine physicians and medical students to pursue their technology-embracing projects and inventions to advance health care. 

Positioned for the future: MD Financial Management

In 2018, the CMA made the decision to sell MD Financial Management (MD) to Scotiabank. The sale includes a 10-year collaboration agreement that sees Scotiabank invest $115 million in initiatives that align with CMA 2020 — our strategic plan. In selecting Scotiabank, the CMA board secured a strong future for MD and its clients by upholding MD’s unique mandate to provide best-in-class financial services to physicians and their families.

The sale of MD positions the CMA to focus on its core advocacy role — uniting physicians to build a robust, rewarding profession and better health care for Canadians. Membership in the CMA will also be more accessible. Starting in 2019, we will be waiving fees for students, residents and retired physicians and reducing fees for practising physicians to $195.

Supporting communities: awarding grants to enhance health and well-being

It’s important to give back, which is why in 2018 the CMA Foundation awarded 14 Healthy Canadians Grants totalling $150,000 to community projects promoting the well-being of seniors. Through these projects, seniors across Canada are being offered a variety of new services and opportunities. 

The CMA Foundation was created by the CMA to provide impactful charitable giving to registered Canadian charities that further excellence in health care.