CMA General Council - Press statement Aug. 18, 2014

OTTAWA, Aug.18, 2014 /CNW/ - CMA's annual report on the health care system this year found that Baby Boomers are increasingly concerned that the health care system will be unable to meet the needs of Canadians now and in the future.

81 per cent of these Canadians are concerned with the quality of health care they can expect in their future.

78 per cent are worried about their ability to access quality home and long-term care in their retirement years.

Further, over a quarter of Canadians are caring for an aging relative or friend and over six in ten agree that this is causing them a high level of stress.

In the face of that stress and fear, we also know that nearly all (95 per cent) of Baby Boom Canadians polled say they support a national seniors health care strategy as a means to put our health care system on the right track.

Today I was heartened to hear the Federal Minister pledge to work together with provinces and territories to help bring such a national strategy to fruition.

She is absolutely right when she says that we need to set aside our siloed approach that has undermined transformation of the health care system.

The good news is that there are best practices out there. There are initiatives that we can take from the local, regional and provincial level and make work across the nation.

What we need to make that happen is the strategy and action to back it up. We heard the Minister commit to doing just that this morning and the CMA looks forward to working with her on that.

I know too that the Minister took some questions on the Health Canada campaign on the dangers of marijuana. As she said, the dangers of marijuana use on the brain – particularly – the developing brain are very serious.

The physicians of Canada will be working to help raise awareness of those dangers.

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
President, Canadian Medical Association

 

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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