OTTAWA, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - According to a new public opinion poll done for
the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Canadians overwhelmingly
believe that health care should be the main priority for federal and
provincial governments and that patient needs must guide health care
budgets and not the other way around.
Last month the CMA launched a national dialogue on health care
transformation to gather the voices of Canadians. Since then over 1,000
comments from Canadians have been submitted to the www.healthcaretransformation.ca national dialogue website. The second phase of the CMA's dialogue will
kick off tomorrow in Halifax where the first in a series of public town
hall meetings on health care transformation will take place. Both the
online consultation and town hall events are designed to give Canadians
the opportunity to add their voices regarding the future of the health
"For too long the voices of Canadian patients and their families have
gone unheard in discussions on the future of health care," said Dr.
Jeff Turnbull, President of the CMA. "The health care system belongs to
Canadians and it is time to put patients first."
The Ipsos Reid opinion poll cited the fact that the current health
accord is set to expire in 2014, a fact which led most Canadians (88%)
to say the federal government should initiate discussions with
provinces and the territories on a new accord now. Further, nearly
seven in ten (69%) said that progress toward a new deal on health care
should not be delayed on account of the federal government's focus on
The poll also found that a strong majority (86%) of Canadians said that
patient needs should guide what health care services are available,
rather than having services provided based solely on budgets
predetermined by governments.
"It is possible to make both the economy and health care priorities for
governments as a healthy health care system and a healthy population
drive a healthy economy," added Dr. Turnbull.
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 comprising 12 provincial and
territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.
SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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