CMA delegates show unity in resolving to transform system

There should be no doubt: the drive to transform Canada's health care system remains the top priority of CMA members.

As incoming President Jeffrey Turnbull noted in his inaugural address on the final day of the annual meeting in Niagara Falls, this is "a time of uncertainty, of rising challenge, and of potential opportunity" in health care. He insisted: "Canada's doctors are dedicated to turning things around. We are committed to leading the effort to kick-start real reform."

Delegates underscored that determination by endorsing three new, pointed resolutions on the CMA transformation initiative - beginning with one that "strongly endorses" the organization's policy document Health Care Transformation in Canada: Change that Works. Care that Lasts.

The other approved motions call for:

  • governments to move as quickly as possible to "support and implement" the changes recommended in the CMA's transformation document
  • the CMA Board of Directors to report annually to General Council on how changes brought about by the transformation document's recommendations are impacting on patient and provider satisfaction with the health care system

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