Whether big or small, change is hard. When change is needed at a systemic level and it involves something as integral to our lives as health care, the prospect can seem daunting, even impossible. Most of us have very personal experiences and perspectives that get to the heart of what works, what doesn’t and what can be made better in our health care system. But you might be wondering how “regular” people without huge power and influence can possibly make a difference. How can you have an impact? Where are you even supposed to start? You’re not alone in wondering this. The answer? Start here.
Changing health care is hard work, and it can’t be done if we each try to act alone. For more than 150 years, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has been the national voice for Canada’s doctors — doctors like yours, who work to improve the lives of their patients. When taking care of their patients means making system-level changes, doctors band together under the CMA.
Our work to improve health care can only benefit from including the perspective of patients. Canada’s doctors, and the CMA, support and value your perspective — a perspective unique to you, that only you can bring.
Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can make the health care system better. By signing onto this platform, you become an ally, and you add your voice to a chorus of Canadians passionate about making change, supported by your peers, your doctors and the CMA. No matter what brings you here, you will have the opportunity to create connections and establish meaningful engagement with like-minded people. You can stay focused on the issues that brought you to this platform, or you can align yourself with other causes as well, supporting others in their fight for change.
This platform is launching with three issues central to the upcoming federal election that the CMA is pushing to the forefront of concern for MPs and candidates, issues that matter greatly to the delivery and experience of health care. As more issues arise, we’ll add them here.
The CMA has been advocating for better health care for more than 150 years. But traditional government relations methods aren’t enough anymore. Elected officials want to see that their constituents care too. They want to hear about and understand what matters to the communities they serve. That’s why we all need to work together — by working together, we’ll make health care better for all.
This is where we can do that work. The CMA Health Advocate is the online space for us all to mobilize around issues that matter to patients, caregivers and Canadian doctors. We’re launching with three topics, but as additional issues come up we’ll keep you in the loop so that if you’re moved to act, you can.