The CMA sparks action on issues that matter to the medical profession and Canadians. We unite physicians and physicians-in-training from across the country to amplify their perspective. We work with members and partners to build policies and programs to improve Canadians’ health, and we promote these policies directly to governments.
Our goal is to bring about positive change in Canadian health care with the interests of doctors and their patients front and centre.
As the collective voice of physicians in Canada, the CMA has a unique perspective on Canada’s health care landscape. This gives us a clear view of which issues demand the most urgent attention, whether they are long-standing or emerging. Today, our advocacy priorities include:
Access to Care
Canadians across the country are facing challenges accessing care. To reduce these barriers, the CMA is focusing on physician resource planning and new models of health care delivery.
With cannabis use now legal in Canada, we continue to advocate for a science-based, public health approach to the substance — and actively support physicians with information and resources about cannabis use for medical purposes.
Climate Change and Health
Through its advocacy and partnerships, the CMA is raising awareness of the health consequences of climate change and the need to prepare for and mitigate the impact on Canadians.
The opioid crisis has claimed thousands of lives. We’re helping physicians get the information they need for appropriate prescribing and treating of opioid addiction.
As Canada’s population ages, wait times and health care costs will continue to climb. We want a national seniors strategy, and investments into more effective and accessible seniors care.
The CMA is leading the conversation about technology’s potential to transform Canadian health care — including looking at the barriers to the widespread adoption of virtual care.