Change is possible.
Massive backlogs, an acute shortage of family doctors and record-high burnout among health care workers have become the norm in health care. But the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has been leading a movement of physicians challenging that status quo – and decision-makers are listening. From increases in federal health funding to advancements in physician mobility, it’s clear our advocacy is moving the dial on relevant long-term system reform. And we’re not done yet. We continue to work with physicians and health partners across the country to ensure a better future of care.
Public and private care
It’s time for a national conversation on access to care – and the role of private providers in a publicly funded health system. Starting in August, the CMA will lead a series of Canada-wide consultations with providers, patients and policymakers.
Improving health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples must start with Indigenous voices leading the way. The CMA’s work is steered by First Nations, Metis and Inuit experts and knowledge-keepers. Read more about our goal and our commitment to reconciliation in health care.
Greater physician mobility can improve patients’ access to care, and support provider wellbeing. We’re building on momentum at the regional level with continued advocacy for pan-Canadian licensure to deliver help where it’s needed most.
We're making a difference
Integrated health-workforce planning
Providing the right care at the right time requires integrated health workforce planning at a national level. We bring together key stakeholders to break down silos in health care and drive long-term change, together.
Unnecessary administrative tasks take time away from patient care and significantly impact physicians’ mental health. In collaboration with provincial and territorial medical associations, we’re working to reduce the administrative burden for doctors across the country.
A framework for physicians’ physical, psychological and cultural safety
Health providers are experiencing unprecedented rates of distress – with some leaving their professions entirely. We convene critical stakeholders to address unsafe work environments in health care and advance a more inclusive, supportive culture of medicine.
Physicians’ oath to do no harm extends to the planet as well as to patients. The CMA is advocating for a climate-resilient, net-zero health system can help mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensure a healthier population.
Aging with dignity in the community
Canada is undergoing a massive demographic shift, and our health system is not prepared to adequately meet the growing needs of older adults. We’re advocating for robust systems of support to allow aging with dignity in our communities.