OTTAWA, Sept. 16 /CNW Telbec/ -
With the federal election campaign now well underway, the Canadian
Medical Association (CMA) is issuing a Health Challenge and asking the
five major political parties to communicate their plans for meeting
Canadians' health needs.
Voters deserve to know how candidates plan to address pressing health
care issues, such as the doctor shortage that has left five million
Canadians without a family physician. With the Health Challenge, the CMA
is offering the parties a chance to share their visions for the future of
health and health care.
In the current campaign Canada's doctors are concerned about the lack of
attention being paid to health care issues, which Canadians consistently
rank among their most important concerns. A recent poll conducted by
Ipsos Reid confirms their importance: 96% of Canadians say the federal
government should take a leadership role in addressing the doctor
shortage, and 91% say the inclusion of a plan for addressing the doctor
shortage may influence the way they vote.
So here's our challenge: release your party's health care platform by
Sept. 29 to give voters time to make informed decisions when they mark
their ballot Oct. 14. To help guide this important work, we have sent
each party a questionnaire seeking your solutions to the most pressing
health and health care challenges facing the country:
- doctor shortage;
- mental health;
- innovation and information technology;
- access to prescription drugs;
- health and the environment; and,
- sustainability of the health care system.
Our goal is simple: to inform Canadians. As is customary, we will not
endorse any party, candidate or platform. However, on Oct. 3 we will
publish a special Voters' Guide at cma.ca/election2008 that will contain
all the responses we have received.
Health care is too important an issue to be shoved to the sidelines
during this election. Canadians want action, and their doctors are not
going to let politicians ignore this fact.
Robert Ouellet, MD, FRCPC, President
For further information:
For further information: Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations, (613)
731-8610, 1-800-663-7336, x1266, (613) 447-0866 (cell)