Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

We continue to call for more government action on PPE and other issues related to COVID-19. On Tuesday, I had the chance to present to the Health of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health, and in my remarks, I emphasized the dire need to protect frontline health care workers with more PPE.

Addressing the financial impact on physicians

We know our members are rightfully concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on their practice. With the federal government announcing a number of programs to support small businesses, we brought in the accounting firm MNP to look at how they apply to physicians in a variety of practice settings. Please click here for their analysis, which will be continuously updated as new measures are announced.

We continue to work with the PTMAs on this issue as well, along with key stakeholders, such as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, to share our collective concerns with the federal government.

Supporting our members’ health and wellness 

  • Joule has launched a new learning series designed to support physicians in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic; topics include implementing virtual care in your practice, managing isolation and moral distress.
  • We’ve updated our wellness page with a new article on peer-to-peer support: “A peer and an ear: how health professionals can support each other during COVID-19"
  • If you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please touch base with your provincial physician health program.

Message from federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu 

When I met with the minister on April 3, she expressed her most sincere gratitude to physicians caring for Canadians in this time of crisis, and I’m pleased to share her message with you.

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for all your efforts to keep Canadians healthy and safe,
Dr. Sandy Buchman


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