Federal Leaders Must Respond to Canada Health Act Attack

OTTAWA, April 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) today demanded that federal political leaders respond to the baseless claims in a report released today by the Fraser Institute that the Canada Health Act (CHA) is a barrier to modernization of Canada's health care system.

"The principles captured in the CHA have served Canadians well, but our system must meet the evolving needs of patients," said CMA President Dr. Jeff Turnbull. "The true barrier to innovation has not been the CHA but rather the lack of leadership in enforcing and building on its principles."

Canadians have identified health care as the number one issue they want addressed in this federal election campaign, and polls show that a significant percentage of voters would be very likely to change their vote if the party they currently support fails to present a plan for the future of health care.

"Making the future of our health care system strictly about funding is misguided. What we need first is for leaders to present their plan to move forward," said Dr. Turnbull. "The CMA has heard firsthand from Canadians that they want a more patient-focused and comprehensive health care system that builds on the Canada Health Act, not destroys it."

The CMA is carrying out a National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation giving Canadians the opportunity to provide their ideas for building a patient-centred health care system, online at www.healthcaretransformation.ca and through a series of public town hall meetings.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians.  Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing over 74,000 of Canada's physicians and uniting at the national level the voices of 12 provincial and territorial medical associations.


SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations
lucie.boileau@cma.ca
Tel. : 1 800 663-7336 / 613 731-8610 x 1266
Cell. : 613 447-0866

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