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Canadian Medical Assocation

CMA activity and submissions

2018

July 26, 2018

CMA president Dr. Laurent Marcoux speaks at the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

CMA president Dr. Laurent Marcoux speaks about Canada’s experience meeting the needs of its aging population.

July 1, 2018

Meeting the Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

A CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report calls for $21.1 billion from the federal government over the next decade to help meet the need for higher healthcare spending due to Canada’s aging population

March 8, 2018

Meeting the Demographic Challenge: Investments in Seniors Care

The CMA’s pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance proposes that the federal government fund a share of the health care costs associated with Canada’s aging population

March 3, 2018

Health and Health Care for an Aging Population

The CMA recommends actions to support Canada’s aging population including healthy aging promotion, a comprehensive service continuum and an “age-friendly” environment supportive of older Canadians

2017

October 26, 2017

Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors

The CMA recommends ways to improve seniors’ quality of life as part of a study by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

September 21, 2017

CMA submission: Social Equity and Increasing Productivity

The CMA’s 2018 pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee of Finance includes recommendations to improve health care system productivity and effectiveness for Canada’s growing seniors population

March 1, 2017

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery speaks to the Senate Committee on National Finance

CMA President Dr. Granger Avery speaks to the Senate Committee on National Finance about the impact of changing demographics on health spending and CMA-proposed actions

2016

September 1, 2016

The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada

The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada assesses Canadian efforts to provide effective, timely care for seniors, and to identify objectives and set targets for improvement as part of a national strategy

February 17, 2016

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes recommends measures to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

CMA President Dr. Cindy Forbes recommends measures to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to address rising healthcare costs associated with Canada’s aging population, including a new provincial health transfer top-up

2015

September 1, 2015

Federal Policy Action to Support the Health Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

A CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada study examines the costs associated with implementing three large-scale federal policy changes to better support Canada’s aging population

August 1, 2015

Policy Framework to Guide a National Seniors Strategy for Canada

The CMA publishes a Policy Framework to Guide a National Seniors Strategy for Canada based on consultations with stakeholder groups from across the continuum of care

March 1, 2015

Demand a Plan

CMA launches Demand a Plan campaign, calling on Canadians to lend their voice to support a new system of care for all of Canada’s seniors

2014

August 6, 2014

Improving Seniors Care in an Era of Surplus

The CMA’s 2014-2015 pre-budget consultation submission calls on the federal government to invest strategically in long-term health care sustainability due to Canada’s aging population

Tools & Resources


Resource

Promoting healthy aging

The CMA’s policy on health and health care for an aging population offers recommendations for promoting healthy aging and supporting older Canadians.

Resource

Appropriate prescribing for seniors

Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population and use prescriptions drugs more than any other. This CMA policy offers guidance on appropriate prescribing for older patients.

Get Involved

Join the conversation

The CMA provides grants and supports communities of interest to help physicians tackle issues that matter to the medical professions and health care in Canada.

Demand a Plan

So far, more than 65,000 Canadians have called on Members of Parliament to create a national seniors strategy that will benefit all Canadians. Add your voice.

Related Resources


The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada

Our 2016 report on seniors care provides a comprehensive overview of the main challenges that need to be addressed in a national seniors strategy including the lack of home, long-term and palliative care.

Meeting the Care Needs of Canada’s Aging Population

This CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report presents the health care costs attributable to aging and discusses why the Canada Health Transfer is not sufficient to support the additional care needs of an aging population.

Meeting the Demand for Long-Term Care in Canada

Canada will need 199,000 more long-term care beds by 2035, costing $64 billion in capital and $130 billion in operating expenses. These and other projections up to 2035 are available in this 2017 CMA-commissioned Conference Board of Canada report.