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PTMA Newsletter - Issue 8 2016

CMA advocacy in response to federal tax proposal affecting incorporation

The CMA continues to be highly active in response to the federal 2016 budget proposal to alter access to the small business deduction. Finance Canada has confirmed that incorporated physicians in partnership group medical structures will be affected. The CMA is proactively meeting with elected officials and political staff to raise awareness of the risks of this proposal and to advocate for group medical structures to be exempted.

From July 29 to September 27, Finance Canada undertook a consultation on the draft legislation that will implement this measure. The CMA facilitated member engagement in the consultation and was copied on over 1,300 submissions to Finance Canada by physicians. The CMA also provided a template submission to facilitate PTMA participation. Following the close of this consultation, legislation will be tabled in the House of Commons and is expected to proceed through the legislative process by the end of the year. The CMA will actively engage in the legislative process to advance the recommendation that physicians be exempted.

Member updates and resources are available here:

Ottawa Summit on Health Accord

In partnership with Canada 2020, on Sept. 28-29, the CMA co-hosted an event that provided stakeholders the opportunity to discuss and draw attention to needed changes in our health care system, in the context of an aging and evolving population.

A reception was held on the 28th where over 140 gathered. Speakers included CMA President-Elect Dr. Laurent Marcoux, Senator Chantal Petitclerc, CBC host of White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Brian Goldman. On the day of the Summit, Health Minister Philpott, Québec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette both gave keynote addresses. Three different panels of experts touched on:

  1. Managing Fiscal Realities, Demographic Pressures;
  2. Home care, long-term care, community care and mental health;
  3. The Next Health Accord – Creating a Patient Centered Healthcare System.

Drs. Avery and Marcoux did many interviews that resulted in press from CBC Power & Politics, CTV Power Play, CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, TVA, La Presse, La Presse canadienne.

Release of The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada report

A new report launched on September 26, 2016 by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shows that many seniors are falling through cracks in terms of accessing care and services due to a lack of a national approach and strategy. The report, The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada, demonstrates the need for a pan-Canadian strategy to address the health needs of Canada's growing senior population. (Read more here)

CMA-MP Roundtables on seniors care in the new Health Accord

As you may have read in September’s PTMA Newsletter, CMA has embarked on another iteration of its successful public roundtables co-hosted with federal MPs. So far we have held seven successful events across Canada. Upcoming roundtables include:

  • October 28, 2016: Don Davies, Vancouver, BC
  • November 7, 2016: Greg Fergus, Gatineau, QC
  • November 7, 2016: Gord Johns, Courtenay-Alberni Ridding, BC

The CMA will also be hosting roundtables with the National Association of Federal Retirees (NAFR) to talk about seniors care. Some of our confirmed dates are:

  • November 7, 2016: Halifax, NS
  • November 8, 2016: Charlottetown, PEI
  • November 8, 2016: Kelowna, BC
  • November 9, 2016 : Edmonton, AB

Please contact for more info.

CMA report decries “patchwork” approach to seniors care in Canada

G Avery Canada 2020A new CMA report, The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada, demonstrates the need for a pan-Canadian strategy to address the health needs of Canada’s growing senior population. The CMA has identified seniors care as a top public policy priority for governments in Canada, a call to action supported by over 36,000 Canadians through CMA’s Demand a Plan campaign.

To spur action, the CMA has made several recommendations targeted toward improving seniors care, including increased support for home care and caregivers, as well as increasing provincial and territorial governments’ capacity to respond effectively to the needs of an aging population.

In late September, the CMA also co-hosted a Health Summit to bring together key health care stakeholders and decision-makers to debate implementable solutions in a new Health Accord that will lead to better health outcomes and quality of life – particularly for Canada’s elderly population.

Participants in the summit included:

  • the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health (watch her presentation);
  • Senator Chantal Petitclerc;
  • Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Health Canada;
  • Michael Decter, Board Chair, Patients Canada; and
  • Fred Horne, Principal, Horne & Associates.


CMA survey

In partnership with Joule, the CMA is preparing to launch the 2016 Baseline survey on Friday, October 7th. The Baseline survey is conducted by CMA every 2 years to measure key performance indicators such as affinity index and net promoter score. In 2016, the Baseline is a joint survey between CMA and Joule that will also include feedback from members on key Joule elements such as product/service feedback. The survey will be distributed to a random sample of 22,000 CMA members (excluding first year students as they’ve only been members for a few weeks). The survey will be in the field until November 4th, 2016. Questions should be directed to

Hear from Dr. Gary Ing why physicians should take PLI courses

A past PLI participant explains the value of Joule’s Physician Leadership Institute courses.

Joule Case Challenge: 70 year-old woman with atrial fibrillation featuring DynaMed Plus

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Coming Soon! New Reports on Fees and Performance

MD will soon begin providing, annually, an Investment Performance Report and a Fees and Compensation Report for MD Management Limited (MDM) and MD Private Investment Counsel (MDPIC) accounts. This is in compliance with new disclosure requirements.

MDM and MDPIC clients will receive these reports in January, following receipt of their 2016 year-end statement. Learn more at

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Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
25-OctOttawa Seminar SeriesOttawaONMD Seminar
26-OctSeminar Series – IncorporationCalgaryABMD Seminar
26-OctIncorporation SeminarNew WestminsterBCMD Seminar
26-OctMontreal Salon des vinsMontrealQCMD Client Appreciation
27-OctQuebec Salon des vinsQuebecQCMD Client Appreciation
2-NovIncorporation SeminarSurreyBCMD Seminar
3-NovIncorporation SeminarOwen SoundONMD Seminar
3-NovClient Appreciation at Heritage HallVancouverBCMD Client Appreciation
3- NovWine Tasting EventKingstonONMD Client Appreciation
4-NovYMA AGM WhitehorseYKMD Sponsor
5-NovTrolls MovieMonctonNBMD Family Event
5-NovTrolls MovieHalifaxNSMD Family Event
5-6 NovCME Update WeekendWhitehorseYKMD Sponsor
6-NovWindsor Spitfires GameWindsorONMD Client Appreciation
10-NovPhoenix Open HouseQuebecQCMD Client Appreciation
16-NovWine and CheeseVernonBCMD Client Appreciation
17-NovDinner and Panel Discussion at SarpasRichmond HillONMD Client Appreciation
17-NovWine Pairing Event – a taste of TuscanyMarkhamONMD Client Appreciation
17-NovNetworking event at the Vancouver Golf CourseNew WestminsterBCMD Client Appreciation
23-NovSeminar Series – Forward ThinkingEdmontonABSeminar
24-NovPhysician Appreciation EventSurreyBCMD Client Appreciation
1-DecCalgary Zoo LightsCalgaryABMD Client Appreciation

For additional information please contact Natalie Theriault.