Seniors care a sorely neglected issue at the last leaders' debate, according to the CMA, QMA

OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadians were left in the dark as to how party leaders plan to care for the country's aging population during Friday night's French language debate broadcast on TVA, according to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Québec Medical Association (QMA).

Both the CMA and the QMA commented on the fact that issues such as medical transfers, guaranteed income supplements and home care for seniors were briefly touched upon; however, a coordinated, national effort to improve health care and social services for seniors was not addressed.

"Results from a coast to coast Nanos survey reveal that Canadians want a national plan to care for our seniors. Last night's debate would have been the perfect opportunity for party leaders to commit to working in partnership with the provinces, the territories and various stakeholders on an issue that is foremost on the minds of Canadians," stated CMA president Dr. Cindy Forbes.

"Canada's population is aging, without a doubt, according to Statistics Canada's latest report. In order to prevent a substantial impact on our health care system, all political parties, particularly our next government, must prioritize seniors care on a national scale," added Dr. Pierre Harvey, member of the CMA's Board of directors.

"Canadians must vote for the party that makes this vital issue a priority. Health care for seniors, strategized on a national scale, is a sure-fire way to ensure that our health care system can support the needs of all Canadians, today, and in the future," concluded QMA president Dr. Yun Jen.

The CMA and the QMA reiterated their commitment to work with any party that makes health care for seniors a priority.

About the QMA

The Québec Medical Association is made up of close to 10,000 general practitioners, specialists, residents and medical students. Its mission is to bring together members of the Québec medical community in a context that promotes reflection and action in the best interests of the health of Quebecers.

About the CMA

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: Canadian Medical Association, Email:, Cell: 613-266-6572, Phone: 613-731-8610, ext. 2005; Denise Pelletier, Communications Coordinator, Québec Medical Association, Phone: 514-866-0660, ext. 230, Toll free number: 1-800 363-3932, Email:


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