CFPC’s New report card: Federal government makes tentative progress in health care

November 10, 2016

 (November 10, 2016,Vancouver, BC) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) released today its latest report card on “The Role of the Federal Government in Health Care”, which grades the government on its performance across five main areas and a series of 23 indicators of importance to family medicine.

The new document updates the grades from the 2013 report card. Progress has been made in a few areas: Indigenous health programs, the child and youth strategy, the national home care program, and action on a national immunization strategy.

“We applaud the green grades – showing leadership and the CFPC commends the federal government on these improvements, but more remains to be done,” says the CFPC’s Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “The report card has identified several areas for improvement including the need to improve timely access to care, and support for primary care reform. These areas of concern continue to result in reduced quality of services for patients.”

The majority of the grades this year are yellow, indicating some positive intentions, but requiring further action or increased commitment.Realizing the government has just completed its first year of a four-year mandate, the CFPC will continue to monitor its progress.

“The CFPC looks forward to the national health accord and the proposed $3 billion funding investment promised for home care,” adds CFPC President, David White, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “Federal leadership in establishing national health care standards, and providing adequate funding, are key to supporting a strong health care system. The federal government must continue to work with provinces and territories to enhance our publicly-funded, single-payer system.”

As the voice for family medicine, the CFPC is committed to collaborating with governments to support a strong and sustainable health care system.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 35,000 members across the country.  It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests.  It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.


Jayne Johnston
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