TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - The College of Family Physicians of Canada
(CFPC) today called on all federal political parties to put more
emphasis on health care during this general election. While encouraged
by some of the health care issues addressed in party platforms, the
College and its 25,000 family physician members and the 30 million
Canadians who are their patients would like to hear the positions and
perspectives of all parties regarding the following CFPC
By 2020, every Canadian should have a personal family physician.
Canadians must be assured of ongoing funding to address priority health
system needs, including those in primary care, beyond the expiry of the
Health Accord in 2014.
A pan-Canadian health human resource planning infrastructure must be
established to prevent future shortages of doctors, nurses, and other
Wait times must be reduced, including wait times for emergency care, to
find a family doctor, and for referrals from family doctors to more
Medically necessary home care and drugs should be included under
Medicare and the Canada Health Act.
There should be support to help family practices across Canada serve as
examples of the Patient's Medical Home—a model focused on ensuring
timely provision and/or arrangements for provision of all family
practice and referred medical services that patients need.
"A Patient's Medical Home is the family practice where a patient feels
most comfortable—most at home—to present his or her health and medical
concerns," explains CFPC President, Dr. Robert Boulay. "It builds upon
the strengths that exist in current family physicians' practices in
urban and rural communities."
The College's Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Cal Gutkin adds, "It is
where patients, their families, and their personal caregivers are
active participants in the decision-making and provision of their
ongoing care. It is defined by its patient-centered approach and is the
heart of a patient-centered health care system."
The CFPC will be releasing a paper on the Patient's Medical Home that
will propose ten goals, each supported by a series of recommendations,
Every person in Canada should have a personal family physician
practicing in a well-supported medical home model.
Teams or networks of health providers should work together with the
patient's family physician (located in the same setting, in the same
community, and/or virtually) to provide comprehensive medical and
health care services for patients.
Nurses/nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other members of
the medical home team should be encouraged and supported to develop
ongoing professional relationships with patients to ensure continuity
of care, which is proven to produce the best health outcomes.
Patients' Medical Home practices should adopt same-day scheduling to
ensure timely appointments with the patient's personal family physician
and/or other appropriate members of the medical home team.
A Patient's Medical Home should contribute to meeting the public health
needs of the patients and populations it serves, through primary and
secondary preventive care, health promotion, chronic disease
management, and the delivery of public health information and services.
System supports must be in place for every family practice/medical home
to facilitate the transition from paper records to the introduction and
maintenance of electronic medical records (EMRs).
The Patient's Medical Home should be supported to serve as a training
site for future family physicians and other health professionals, and
as a laboratory for practice-based research.
Canadians have identified health care as a top issue; the CFPC looks
forward to responses regarding the above issues from each political
party during this election campaign.
SOURCE College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Tel.: 905-629-0900 Ext. 303