Wednesday, December 6, 2023

CMA applauds the federal budget’s health funding, calls for increased access to care, and calls for workforce support

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Since significant reforms to the health system are required immediately, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to see the Canada Health Transfer and bilateral funding commitments confirmed in the federal budget for the years 2023 and 2024.

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Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president of the CMA, states, “We’re encouraged that the federal government has been listening to the collective voices of patients and health care providers who have been calling for greater, targeted investment in health care and fundamental changes to how care is delivered.” There has never been a greater need for investments to address the worsening patient access to health services and the deteriorating working conditions of providers.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) urges the federal government to collaborate on implementing the Standing Committee on Health’s report Addressing Canada’s Health Workforce Crisis earlier this month. The recommendations in the report include increasing the number of health care workers educated in Canada, investing in collaborative teams, easing the system’s administrative burden, and improving physicians’ scopes of practice.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has long advocated for improvements to the delivery of healthcare and increased investment in health care systems. It has pushed for increments to the Canada Wellbeing Move, government authority on container Canadian wellbeing labor force arranging, increasing group based essential consideration, extending the versatility of wellbeing experts and virtual consideration, and propelling compromise in the wellbeing framework notwithstanding expanded responsibility all through the wellbeing framework. The federal budget dealt with each of these in some way. In particular, the budget will require provinces and territories to promote physician mobility, a significant step toward the CMA’s goal of pan-Canadian licensure. The affiliation is ready to work with the administrative, commonplace and regional legislatures to propel these and other pressing issues to further develop medical services for all.

According to Dr. Lafontaine, “in recent weeks, we’ve seen provincial and territorial governments announce various measures to improve access to care in their respective jurisdictions.” It gives us recharged trust that change is coming and that patients and suppliers will see upgrades to access and working circumstances after some time. Hope and trust in Canadian health systems will not be restored solely through investments. Trust and hope necessitate consistent, ongoing action. To achieve real improvements, stakeholders in the health sector and each level of government must continue to participate.

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