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Too many Canadians are facing difficulties accessing health care providers.  

Ongoing shortages of family physicians, nurse practitioners and medical specialists are contributing to long wait times and a lack of access for patients. If you think every Canadian should have access to the health care providers they need, when and where they need them, and if you believe we need a sustainable health workforce, become a supporter today!
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Almost 5 million Canadians aged 12 and older do not have a health care provider.

This shortage is felt across Canada, especially in rural and remote areas and among vulnerable and at-risk population groups. Populations under federal jurisdiction (First Nations people living on reserves; Inuit; serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces; eligible veterans; inmates in federal penitentiaries; and some groups of refugee claimants) are not getting the same access to health care as other Canadians.

We know that access to primary care, the very backbone of our health care system, is becoming increasingly difficult for Canadians.

CMA’s Policy Recommendations:

What can our federal government do?

To ensure all Canadians have access to a health care provider, and to ensure those providers are supported in delivering high-quality care, CMA Health Advocates are calling on our federal government to make the following policy recommendations a top priority:

  • Commit to addressing inequities in access to appropriate care for patient populations that fall under federal jurisdiction (First Nations people living on reserves; Inuit; serving members of the Canadian Forces; eligible veterans; inmates in federal penitentiaries; and some groups of refugee claimants) as well as vulnerable populations.
  • Commit to creating a Primary Health Care Transition Fund, which would focus on primary care, the backbone of our health care system.
  • Commit to investing in medical training positions and extend the Canada Student Loan forgiveness program to incentivize physicians to work in under-serviced areas.
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Join the movement today!

If health care is one of your top priorities, join thousands of Canadians from across the country who are speaking up. Become a CMA Health Advocate today and help advocate for better care for all Canadians. Together, we can get health care back on the agenda.

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