Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

February 26, 2008 18:47 ET

Canadian Medical Association: Health Gone Missing?

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Brian Day says that today's federal budget was a missed opportunity to invest in a number of key, top-of-mind issues for Canadians. Access to quality health care - particularly the growing shortage of physicians has gone missing from federal priorities.

"Budget day is a time for numbers. Well, almost 5 million Canadians do not have a family doctor. That's a staggering amount and it's a problem that government must start to address," said Dr. Day. "Canada would need 26,000 more doctors just to get the average in countries like Britain, the U.S., and Australia."

To draw attention to this growing crisis in Canadian health care, the CMA has launched a national advocacy campaign called "More Doctors. More Care." It calls for strategic, modest investments in three key areas - health human resource planning, expanding medical education capacity, and improving technology. Further details on the campaign and the doctor shortage can be found at moredoctors.ca.

"No Canadian who needs medical attention should face the added worry of wondering whether they'll be able to find a doctor," said Day. "The physicians of Canada and our patients need to see renewed federal leadership to improve Canadians' access to health care services. Our patients not only expect it, they deserve it."

The CMA will continue to speak up for Canadians and press for renewed federal leadership in addressing the challenges facing the health care system. In that regard, Canada's physicians were heartened to see federal investment in the Mental Health Commission of Canada. CMA also applauds the adoption by the government of the CMA proposal to immediately accelerate the federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to $2 billion in support of municipal transit infrastructure projects to improve air quality.

"These are positive steps toward improving the health of many Canadians," concluded Dr. Day. "But much more work needs to be done and Canada needs many more doctors to do it."

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