OTTAWA, March 22, 2017 /CNW/- The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is disappointed that the federal budget tabledtoday in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Bill Morneau has missed an important chance to begin building a much-needed national seniors strategy.
"Today's budget was an ideal opportunity for the federal government
The CMA continues to urge the federal government to act now to strengthen our health care system by ensuring it better meets the needs of Canada's aging population. To support that effort, last fall the CMA released a vision for health with clear and concrete recommendations to improve the system such as:
"By providing better access to more efficiently delivered high-quality care for seniors, we will help improve access to care for all Canadians," added Dr. Avery. "We did not see that action to make that happen in today's budget, but it is not too late. The CMA will continue to push for strategic action, backed by our 50,000 Demand a Plan supporters."
While the CMA lamented the lost opportunity to act in support of Canada's seniors, it was pleased to note health-related measures that did receive federal support today, including:
While Finance Minister Morneau did herald the recently signed federal-provincial-territorial financing agreements on health care in the budget, the CMA warns these deals do not provide the strategic pan-Canadian action needed right now.
"The financing deals struck between the federal government and most of the provinces and territories do provide funds for health care, although much of that funding will only come years down the road," said Dr. Avery. "Canadians need strategic collaboration to create real improvements for health right now."
For 150 years, only the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has united the broad expertise of the medical community for the benefit and well-being of all Canadians. The CMA currently represents over 85,000 physicians, comprises 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and is affiliated with over 60 national and international medical organizations.
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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