Canadians say the health-care system needs to be fixed: CMA report

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OTTAWA — A new report says Canadians believe the country’s health-care system needs to be fixed.

The Canadian Medical Association report says people want to see the system transformed to deliver “timely, compassionate and efficient care.”

The paper is based on the CMA’s National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation with Canadians, which was conducted from December to June and was framed around three questions:

— What would you consider good value for health care?

— What do you think Canadians’ responsibilities are, now and in the future, in regard to their health?

— And, do you think the Canada Health Act should be broadened to include things like pharmacare and long-term care?

The dialogue received input in person from nearly 1,500 people who attended six public town-hall meetings.

The town halls were supplemented by over 4,000 online comments captured on the website www.healthcaretransformation.ca.

“Canadians talked emotionally, eloquently and emphatically about the moral imperative to fix the health-care system and to fix it now,” said Dr. Jeff Turnbull, CMA President.

“Online and in person, Canadians said they remain committed to our system of health care and they are ready to participate in transforming it for the future.”

The CMA represents over 74,000 of the country’s medical doctors. Its 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.

Organizations: Canadian Medical Association

Geographic location: Canada, OTTAWA

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  • John
    August 10, 2011 - 13:39

    If we could convince people to go to clinics such as those in Dominion and Lawtons rather than go to emerg for no emergency medical care, emergency rooms would probably be less crowded thus faster treatment. People should also be charged $10.00 or $20.00 to keep people without legitimate health problems away and if they have a legitimate reason to visit the doctor, the money would be returned.

    • M
      August 10, 2011 - 14:18

      That's all well and good John, but these clinics are few and far between,don't have enough doctors, do not keep long hours, and also have ridiculous wait times! If you are lucky enough to have a family doctor, you aren't lucky enough to get to see them in the sufficient time to get treatment. Charging emergency fees for cases that are deemed "not emergent" is not going to fix it. It's not only overcrowding - it's also wait times for specialists or MCP covered programs. Wait times for tests and other procedures. I require a specialist and have had to wait up to 6 months or more for an initial appointment. I have also had 1 or 2 appointments with specialists who leave their practice and then the process starts again and the waiting continues. Unfortunately, the only thing that will really fix it is MONEY! But - taxpayers don't want to foot the bill for it with a tax hike. It's a lose-lose situation for us and I don't ever see it changing. I am against privatizing our health care system, but there has to be a happy medium.