Canadian Medical Association

Doctors, nurses and health workers are bracing themselves for another summer of dire staff shortages-- the kind that forced hospitals across the country to close emergency departments, already overwhelmed by patients with no family doctor and nowhere else to turn.

The premiers’ annual meeting is a critical opportunity for timely, tangible action. 

Last year, provinces and territories called for increased federal health funding. In February, Ottawa announced the highest level of health funding in decades. Now, it’s time for first ministers to build on that progress with measurable improvements. 

The CMA has released a new report, Improving Accountability in Health Care for Canadians, to help inform discussions on meaningful change for both patients and providers.

Read the report

In addition to the eight headline indicators included in provincial-federal funding agreements, we are proposing five new benchmarks for health system performance. These include the percentage of Canadians with access to a family health team, reductions in backlogs for priority surgeries and metrics to track provider wellbeing.

We can fix our health systems. We’ve already started. 

The CMA’s benchmarks reflect our ongoing advocacy for both urgent and long-term health reform. Since the 2022 Summer Meeting of Canada’s Premiers, we’ve made significant headway: 

“What we now need is ongoing political will to make brave decisions. We owe it to patients and health professionals to leverage this moment in time to expand access, support our workforce and drive lasting improvements.” -- CMA President Dr. Alika Lafontaine

Shaping better health care, with health providers

The CMA also continues to engage the people who know the health system best-- doctors at all stages of their careers, patients and other health providers-- to shape a better future of health:

The work that’s needed to fix our health systems is just beginning. The CMA looks forward to working with governments at all levels, as well as patients and providers, to drive the change we need. And to monitor progress. A goal without a plan is just a wish.

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