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Canadians and their physicians from coast to coast to coast are speaking up. They’re calling on politicians from all political parties to make health and health care a top priority in this year’s federal election. If health and health care matter to you, become a CMA Health Advocate today! Together, we can put health back on the agenda.

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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, send a letter to your local candidates.
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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 and Platform Recommendations:

What can our federal parties 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 call on ALL federal political parties to include the following in their 2019 party platforms:

  • 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.
TAKE ACTION: Call on federal parties to include this in their platform.

Send a letter now!

Too many Canadians are facing difficulties accessing health care providers. Access to care is an essential part of a high-quality health care system. Our federal political parties need to take action today to ensure every Canadian has access to a health care provider. If you agree, send a letter to your federal candidates. Tell them to make these recommendations part of their party’s 2019 election platform!