Although the 2004 national health accord was intended to secure change for a generation, it has failed to do more than fix funding for a decade, says Dr. John Haggie, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
In his inaugural address to the CMA annual meeting in St. John's today, Haggie said the opportunity to renegotiate the agreement which ends in 2014 cries out for a First Ministers conference at which the alliances the CMA has built can present their vision for the future of medicare.
Haggie grew up in Manchester, England, but moved to Newfoundland in the early 1990s where he first worked on the Northern Peninsula. He later moved to Central Newfoundland where he continues to practice today as a surgeon.
He was president of the Newfoundland Medical Association in 2002-03.
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