Through our policy and advocacy work, the CMA brings the physician voice to a wide number of health issues important to Canadians — and makes resources and information available to build physicians’ knowledge, support their advocacy and enhance their patient care.
Chronic Disease Prevention
The CMA advocates for stronger policies and regulations to combat chronic disease. We also work to ensure physicians have the knowledge and evidence-based tools for promoting health.
Medical Assistance in Dying
From a position of neutrality — supporting members who provide services for medically assisted dying and those who choose not to — the CMA is driving dialogue about this complex end-of-life intervention.
High-quality palliative care remains unavailable or inaccessible to many Canadians. The CMA is a longtime advocate for better access to end-of-life care.
Drug shortages, high prescription costs and the risks of adverse reactions are all concerns physicians have when it comes to pharmaceuticals. Our advocacy touches on all of these issues.
Smoking and e-cigarettes
The CMA has worked toward the goal of a smoke-free Canada for decades. Today, that work includes advocating for more research into the health effects of electronic cigarettes — and for restrictions on their promotion and sale to minors.
Social Determinants of Health
Social and economic conditions have a direct impact on Canadians’ health. Through our policies, we recommend actions for governments, physicians, medical schools and other stakeholders to address those conditions and improve health for populations that are most at risk.