Access to Care

Investing in Primary care is our path to better care post-pandemic

Health care systems in Canada have been slipping for years, with gaps only growing wider during the pandemic. Addressing the shortfalls in the system will require scaling up team-based primary care so patients can get the health outcomes they deserve. Take our survey to share your experience with primary care!

It’s time Canadians have access to the health care they need. 

For years the country’s health care systems have continued to decline, and the situation has been made worse by the additional strain of the pandemic. COVID-19 has worsened workforce shortages, caused additional procedure backlogs and wait times for patients and increased burnout of health care providers. That’s why action is needed by federal leaders to ensure the necessary funds are available to repair the foundations of health care.
The need for additional funds to support our path forward and change the trajectory of Canadian health care is immediate and critical. We need the federal government’s support to shift from reactionary care to continuous prevention and management, by focusing on primary care to increase access and provide better health outcomes for patients. 

To help shape the future of primary care, the CMA and our policy-makers need to understand your experience and health care priorities. Share your thoughts by taking our survey and together we can strive for better primary care for all Canadians.  

Key Stats

Over 15% of Canadians aged 12 and over do not have a regular health care provider.  (Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey 2018)

Clearing the backlog of procedures caused by COVID-19 will require more than $1.3B in additional funding (Deloitte, 2020).

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The CMA's Policy Recommendation
The CMA’s Policy Recommendation:

What can the federal government do?

• Deliver on its commitment to increase access to a family doctor or primary care team for all Canadians, including creating a Primary Care Integration Fund and providing funding to assess interprofessional training capacity.

What can you do?

Take our survey to let us know how your access to primary care has been affected during the pandemic and whether you support action by the government that will ensure Canadians have access to the care they need.

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