CFPC Policy Papers

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) produces papers on health care, primary care and family medicine issues and policies.

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Family physicians caring for hospital inpatients. Discussion Paper.

This discussion paper has been written for family doctors, health professionals with whom they work, hospital administrators and managers, medical school leaders, the patients whom family doctors serve, and other public audiences interested in the value and importance of family doctors working in various health care environments.



Health Care Delivery

Federal responsibilities in provincial health care spending. Briefing Note.

Since the 2007 Federal Budget, there have been two major changes made to the Canada Health Transfer. This briefing note will summarise how these changes will affect the allocation and the growth rate of the transfer, and the fiscal impact it will have on provinces.


Group Billing Practices by Province/Territory in Canada

Family physicians are offering their patients a range of user-friendly options to access information and care. Patient-centred practice strategies, such as group visits between patients and health professionals, may help improve chronic disease management. This chart identifies Group Billing Practices by Province/Territory in Canada. Note: Information is current as of July 6th, 2011, though subject to change at any time.


Health Care Delivery

Guide for Reflection on Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia

The CFPC is proud to support its members with a release of Guide for Reflection on Ethical Issues Concerning Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia created by the CFPC Task Force on End-of-Life Care. Another excellent resource for physicians is the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)’s Framework on Assisted Dying: Principles-based Recommendations for a Canadian Approach to Assisted Dying.  


Health and Health Care Implications of Systemic Racism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Family physicians know that supporting a patient’s health requires trust, compassion, and mutual respect. For Indigenous patients and their families, this is not always achieved. Systemic racism has been identified as a major barrier to positive relationships between physicians and Indigenous patients and the best care of Indigenous peoples. This brief guide for physicians helps you understand better the role that systemic racism can play in shaping an Indigenous patient’s clinical experience, and what you can do about it. As Indigenous patients, Indigenous physicians, and allies, we are appealing to you to help us address this pervasive and harmful problem.


Improving access to care for patients in Canada. Position Statement.

This year’s theme for the main public policy initiative of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is “Improving Access to Care for Patients in Canada” with particular attention to Primary Care Wait Times, Access to Family Physicians, and Collaborative Interprofessional Care that emphasizes the relationships between family doctors and nurses.


Health Care Delivery

Improving patient safety through disclosure and quality improvement reviews

The Royal College, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) have produced a report to facilitate safety and quality improvement in health care.


Health Care Delivery

Infant feeding. Policy Statement.

The benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented. Recognizing that breastfeeding plays an uniquely important role in the healthy development of infants and young children, The College of Family Physicians of Canada endorses The WHO Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.


Child & Adolescent Health Care

Joint CFPC – CNA Position Statement on Physical Activity

The Canadian Nurses Association and The College of Family Physicians of Canada recognize the compelling scientific evidence that physical activity improves health and quality of life, as well as significantly reduces the risks of chronic disease, disability and premature death.


Joint Position Paper on Rural Maternity Care

This position paper provides new evidence and progressive recommendations focused on providing quality maternity care to women across Canada, no matter if they live in urban, rural or remote communities.


Maternity & Newborn Care,

Rural Practice

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