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Health Care Transformation

The CMA believes it is possible for Canada to maintain a publicly funded, universal health care system and still eliminate wait times. But transformational change is needed to refocus our system to bring about patient-focused care.

Health Care Transformation is a broad-ranging initiative to modernize and improve our health care system. The CMA is committed to working with patients, physicians, health care providers and stakeholders to bring about a transformed, patient-centred health care system across Canada.

Health providers and stakeholders

In 2011, the CMA, in collaboration with the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), published a report entitled Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada, which identifies key themes necessary for health care transformation: health promotion, effective management of illnesses, focus on quality outcomes and accountability to patients. PDF

These principles have been endorsed by more than 135 agencies and organizations across Canada. They are CMA’s and the CNA’s guiding framework for advocacy efforts and policy developments regarding health care transformation.

The CMA continues to advocate with the federal, provincial and territorial governments to address priority issues, including:

Public outreach

In 2012, the CMA’s National Dialogue on the Social Determinants of Health addressed health equity and the downstream effects on health of issues like poverty, income, housing and education. What Makes Us Sick is a summary report documenting recommendations from this national dialogue.

The National Dialogue on Health Care Transformation in 2011 addressed the need to improve Canada’s health care system, and gathered public feedback. The CMA summary report, Voices Into Action, captured key themes from the consultations. PDF

Innovating for Patients

The CMA's Innovating for Patients map features physicians from across the country who are working to improve the health of Canadians in new ways. Share your story, to inspire medical colleagues and inform patients and decision-makers about how physicians are creating the next generation of health care.